Bewick Bridge Community Primary School

Building Futures. Achieving Greatness.

PE and Sports

Each pupil will receive between 60-100 minutes of P.E. a week to ensure they

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives

In KS2, pupils will also receive up to approximately 40 hours of swimming instruction across the key stage.


Swimming Lessons at Bewick Bridge

As part of the broad and balanced curriculum pupils receive at Bewick Bridge, all pupils in KS2 receive swimming lessons, delivered by 3 qualified coaches for each class. The Programme of Study for swimming stipulates that by the age of 11, pupils 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

While the government does not offer guidance on how many hours of swimming should be received by primary school pupils, the Amateurs’ Swimming Association (ASA) suggests the recommended programme of study outlined above requires approximately 24 hours of swimming across a primary school. At Bewick Bridge, we start to teach swimming at KS2 and aim for pupils to have approximately 28 hours of swimming lessons across Year 3-6 (7 hours a year). Lessons are held at the Abbey pool on Thursday mornings and children travel there by coach.

  • Bus Departs Bewick Bridge 9.35
  • Lesson Start Time: 10 a.m.
  • Lesson Finish Time: 11 a.m.
  • Bus Returns to Bewick Bridge: 11.40 a.m.

All pupils swimming will require a swimming costume, or trunks and a towel. Long hair must be tied up and all jewellery must be removed before entering the pool.

The school covers the majority of the associated costs for providing these lessons, including the cost of three qualified coaches per class, the swimming pool entrance fees and the transport costs. However, we ask parents and carers for a contribution towards these costs. For the school year 2016-17, the contribution will be a total of £28.20 per pupil.

Voluntary payments and permission may be given on-line at: Any pupils eligible for free school meals now or in the past six years, are exempt from this contribution as the school receives pupil premium funding for these pupils, unless parents/ carers wish to contribute anyway.

All children will be treated equally, regardless of whether you have made a voluntary contribution or not. However, in the exceptional circumstances of insufficient contributions being made, the school reserves the right to cancel the proposed visit and refund any contributions already received.

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