It was great to see the big smiles on all the children’s faces when they went swimming. We are always very grateful for the parental support during this time, getting the children ready and changed, and think some teachers might have retired without their help!
The children started to work on their confidence in the water and the basics of staying safe in and around the pool environment. We also learnt how to stay safe when crossing the road, protecting ourselves in the sun and keeping the mosquitoes at bay. Who would have thought there was so much to learn from a trip to the swimming pool?!
Once in the pool, the children learnt about the affect the water had on the movement of their bodies. Some of the smaller children found this a little difficult as the water was almost up to their chin when standing up! The biggest challenge for the teachers was getting the children to listen as they were all super excited - especially in the first couple of lessons. They played different games such as, “What’s the time Mr. Wolf?” which was a great way to build up their confidence in the water, strengthen muscles and most of all a fun way to learn. They also had an array of activities such as moving slowly and quickly, bubble blowing and putting their head under the water.
The children have enjoyed starting to swim, and we are sure they will be excited when we begin swimming lessons again later in Term 3. Swimming is an important life skill and our lessons will support and enable the children to become confident swimmers. It is always a pleasure to see all children at BSG, no matter the age, developing a passion for learning in all aspects of their education.
By Matthew McLaughlin, Reception Teacher