Fairhouse Primary School

Courage, Kindness, Respect, Responsibility

Swimming standards

National Curriculum

National Curriculum standards for swimming and water safety:

  • To swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
  • To use a range of strokes effectively.
  • To perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Provision at Fairhouse

After review of standards and our provision, we have implemented a number of improvements to enable more children to reach the end of Key Stage 2 National Curriculum standards.    As of 2019 / 2020, children in year 3 will receive a full year of weekly 1 hour swimming sessions at The Basildon Lower Academy.  Previously, they attended for 2 terms for 30 minute weekly sessions.  In addition to that, pupils in year 4, 5 and 6 who are not yet at the standard, will be provided with top up sessions.  Currently, there are 41% of pupils in year 6 at the standard and based on year group data, we have set the following targets to be achieved by these year groups by the time they are in year 6:

  • 50% Year 5
  • 60% Year 4
  • 70% Year 3