22nd May 2019
Meldreth Primary School Swimming Pool is funded by our PTA for the benefit of the children attending our school. It is completely self-funded with no additional funding from the Local Authority or school. School staff are trained to teach swimming and have annual First Aid training so that all children from Early Years to Year 6 have the opportunity to have swimming lessons whilst at Meldreth Primary School.
The original open air pool was built on the school site nearly 53 years ago and has since provided swimming lessons for all primary aged children. The pool was built by voluntary contributions with a massive fundraising effort in the 1960s. Click here to find out more from the Meldreth History site
Our dedicated staff maintain the pool on a daily basis as Pool Carers. Our parent volunteers currently help fund pool maintenance, do the accounts and constantly fundraise to keep the pool open.
The national curriculum stipulates that all schools must provide swimming instruction as part of the curriculum in either KS1 or KS2. Here at Meldreth we provide swimming lesson from Reception to Year 3 in our school pool and the school provides deep water swimming at McSplash for pupils in Years 4 to 6.
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to:
What our Parents say...
"I am thrilled to report that as a result of the swimming sessions my daughter participated in at Meldreth Primary School she has progressed to the next level in her out of school lessons. It has been a joy to watch her go from being nervous in the water and reluctant to get her head wet to seeing her jump into the pool with a big splash and then swim under the water. Swimming regularly with peers has provided her with a new confidence and allowed her enjoy swimming as a physical activity."
By far the best way we’ve found that builds confidence in the water is getting kids to know that they can go under the water and get up again safely. This removes a huge learning block when it comes to swimming.
If you take your child to organised swimming lessons you’ll find diving games will be a part of the lessons for that very reason.
Essentially you throw something into the pool and your child has to dive down to get it (goggles essential of course!).
Start in the shallow end and just get them to retrieve something from under the water. In your first few sessions it may only be deep enough for them to bend over and pick up, but try to get it just deep enough that they have to put their head just under the water. This will teach them to hold their breath correctly.
Gradually move deeper. Not too deep at first – they still need to be able to stand up – but this time get them to dive down. Teach them how to dive under the water.
If they are not too sure about going underwater at this stage try the “rocket“:
When they start to swim you can go a bit deeper with diving games, but this will come much later. (Don’t push it as it may erode their confidence).