English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

PE Curriculum

Swimming and the national curriculum

Since 1994, swimming and water safety has been a statutory element of the national curriculum for physical education in England.

This means that every 11-year old child should leave primary school with the skills to keep themselves safe while enjoying swimming with friends and family.


The three national curriculum outcomes

At English Martyrs we provide swimming and water safety lessons for children in KS2.

Our swimming lessons help support children to be able to achieve the following:

  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations
  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • Use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.