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Swimming is not only a vital life skill, it is also a compulsory part of the National Curriculum.

All children by the end of Key Stage 2 should be able to: 

  • 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]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

We have increased the amount of time dedicated to the school swimming programme this year. All Year 4 children will swim an hour a day for two weeks and in Year 5 all children swim an hour a day for one week. In Year 6, children who have not reached the National Curriculum standard will receive another 5 hours of swimming. 

Swimming dates for this academic year 2018/2019 are:

  • Year 4H - week beginning 17th September and 24th September 2018
  • Year 4JW- week beginning 5th November 2018 and 12th November 2018 
  • Year 6 additional lessons  - week beginning 15th October 2018
  • Year 5  week beginning 17th June 2019 and 24th June 2019 (classes to be confirmed)
  • Year 4/Y5 Non Swimmers  1st July 2019    Please encourage and support your children to learn to swim. We are noticing an increase in the number of children who are not able to meet the National Curriculum requirements. 

Swimming statistics for 2018 -2019

100% of Year 6 met National Curriculum standards

35% of Year 5 are currently meeting National Curriculum standards

40% of Year 4 (one class) are currently meeting National Curriculum standards 

School Swimming Team

 The school swimming team entered the 2017-2018 Wirral School Games swimming competition. The first round was held at Leasowe Recreation centre and was attended by 12 other Wirral schools. There were many outstanding individual and team performances and new personal best times achieved. At the end of the gala, OLOP were overall winners and qualified for the next round. 

The next round was held two weeks later at Europa. Schools from across the Wirral and Ellesmere Port participated in what turned out to be a very close competition. After more amazing team and individual events, OLOP came second overall and made it through to the Merseyside Finals. Well done to everyone who represented OLOP!