Oyster Bay Community Swimming Pool
The pupils, Governors and Friends of Joy Lane are committed to keeping our pool open and furthermore maximise its use all year round. With this in mind, our objective was bring about the refurbishment and upgrading of the pool to allow us to have a swimming facility on site, that is a quality resource for our children and all stakeholders within the local community.
Our swimming pool refurbishment project won £50,000 in the final of ‘The People’s Millions Big Lottery Fund Grant’.
Our project was featured on the ITV Meridian regional evening news on Thursday 25th November 2010.
At Joy Lane we are very fortunate to have a heated indoor swimming pool managed by Ms Vicky Whorlow. As a coastal community we are very aware of the importance of swimming as a life skill and have therefore made a commitment to include swimming as an important part of our curriculum. As a school we heavily subsidize the on-going heating costs and ensure through Oyster Bay Swim School that our pupils receive a very high standard of lessons.
The pupils at Joy Lane swim alternate terms so that we are able to offer a broad and balanced curriculum to the children throughout the year.
It is, therefore, essential that all families in our school community contribute towards the cost of these lessons, there are various payment options available. The cost of these lessons is subject to review each year.
The assessment criteria below is inspired by the ASA National Curriculum awards, NPTS, Rainbow Distance and School Speed Awards, this includes progressive steps in the attempt to help children to achieve the set requirement in the National Curriculum. This includes children being able to swim at least 25 metres confidently before leaving Key Stage 2. Ideally this should be achievable by swimming on both their front and back. In addition it also attempts to provide children with a number of key aquatic skills which can be transferred into many disciplines after learning to swim.
'Everything you need to know about swimming at JLPS and more' leaflet
National Plan for Teaching Swimming
Rainbow Award Levels
from lowest to highest:
Violet (1), Indigo (2), Blue (3), Green (4), Yellow (5), Orange (6), Red (7) & Pot of Gold for the advanced swimmer
Stage 1 - Violet
- To be able to demonstrate a safe water entry.
- To be able to safely exit the water using the steps.
- To be able to jump, walk and hop forward across the pool width.
- To be able to blow bubbles in the water for 5 seconds.
- To comfortably wash the face with water.
- To be able to float on your back with teacher support or floatation aids for a minimum of 5 seconds.
- Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules.
Stage 2 - Indigo
- To be able to jump, walk and hop backwards across the pool width.
- To be able to blow bubbles in the water for 5 seconds with the face fully submerged.
- To be able to float on your back with floatation aids for a minimum of 5 seconds.
- To be able to float on your front with floatation aids for a minimum of 5 seconds.
- To be able to continually kick the width of the pool with floatation aids using front crawl legs.
- To be able to continually kick the width of the pool with floatation aids using backstroke legs.
- To be able to push and glide on the front from the wall.
- To be able to push and glide on the front from the wall.
Stage 3 - Blue
- To enter the water using a blunt pencil jump and submerge (min depth 1.0m).
- To be able to blow bubbles in the water for 5 seconds with the face fully submerged, consecutively 3 times.
- To be able to retrieve an object from the bottom of the pool with hands.
- To be able to float on your front without floatation aids for a minimum of 5 seconds.
- To be able to float on your back without floatation aids for a minimum of 5 seconds.
- To be able to kick the width of the pool without floatation aids, continually in streamline using front crawl legs.
- To be able to kick the width of the pool without floatation aids, continually using backstroke legs, hands by the side.
Stage 4 - Green
- To be able to demonstrate a floating sequence, holding each float for 3 seconds, including star floats and a mushroom float.
- To be able to demonstrate feet and head first surface dives.
- To swim using arms and legs on your front for 2 widths
- To swim using arms and legs on your back for 2 widths.
- Jump into the water using a compact entry.
- Push and glide on the front in s/line rotating to the back.
- To be able to swim 1 width sculling feet first
- To be able to swim 1 width sculling head first.
Stage 5 - Yellow
- To show a basic skill level of breaststroke legs (simultaneous action) using a floatation aid if required for 2 widths
- To show a basis skill level of butterfly legs (simultaneous action) for 2 widths
- To be able to swim 1 length Front crawl effectively.
- To be able to swim 1 length Backstroke fully horizontal.
- Perform a sculling sequence including 1 length head first, a stationary scull, rotation and 1 length feet first.
Stage 6 - Orange
- To be able to swim 2 widths of technically efficient breaststroke
- To be able to swim 2 widths of technically efficient butterfly legs
- To complete a 4 length swim using 2 lengths and front crawl 2 lengths backstroke.
- Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of 3 seconds.
- Perform a forward somersault.
- Swim 1 length front crawl showing continual bilateral breathing.
- Perform a star jump entry.
Stage 7 - Red
- To swim 1 length of technically correct front crawl
- To swim 1 length of technically correct backstroke
- To swim 1 length of technically correct breaststroke
- To swim 1 length of technically correct butterfly
- To complete an eight length swim without stopping, choice of stroke is optional.
- To demonstrate a front crawl tumble turn from 5 metres
- To tread water for 2 minutes
- To hold the HELP position for 2 minutes.
- Perform a straddle jump entry
- Swim a length in clothes.
- Fully submerge and retrieve an object at the deepest part of the pool.
Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow
High Achievement Award
- Distance swim of 1 mile.
- 2 length sprint in under 30s.
- 4 x 1 length IM with correct turns.
- Perform a competitive dive start, with s/line fly kick for 10m.
- Tread water for 5 minutes with one hand out hand can be changed 5x.
- 2 lengths effective sculling (1x head first, 1x feet first).
- 4 lengths of each of the lifesaving strokes in full length pyjamas.
- Use head up front crawl and control propelling a ball for 2 lengths.
- Answer 3 questions correctly on water safety and personal survival.
Oyster Bay Swim School
After School Swimming Lessons at Joy Lane Primary School
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