With the increase of PE programs, the aquatic program was established in Shanghai by NAE for the first time. It follows the progressive blend of the core elements of the Shanghai National Curriculum with the international primary curriculum as well as the British swimming curriculum. The establishment of the program reflects that we are committed to cultivating students’ comprehensive skills and preparing them well for the Nord Anglia Global Challenge program. Ms. Annie stressed that the aquatic program could cultivate students' ability and strong psychological quality to cope with challenges.
Record Progress through Level-based Swimming Badges
Through creative teaching introduced by Ms. Annie, students can fully enjoy the fun and challenges of aquatic sports.
NACIS new badges represents 7 learning levels with corresponding skill requirements. For each level, students are required to master at least 10 skills, covering all aspects of aquatic sports. The essential aquatic skills for students of different age groups are listed clearly, including how to save and call for help in an emergency, how to jump into the pool during competitions and how to warm up before a match. Students learn step by step, such as getting familiar with the swimming pool, using swimming pool equipment, mastering different swimming styles and participating in timing training, etc.
Ms. Annie emphasized that every NACIS student should strive to develop these skills. From level 1 to level 7, students will keep exploring about aquatic sports and improve their comprehensive abilities.
In the use of badges, our teachers also take the personality of each student into account.
During the training, they observe the performance of each student in the swimming pool and conduct the skill assessment. We have received good results under such an assessment system. Ms. Annie said: “Some students who are afraid of swimming begin to show their passion for aquatic sports, and the gifted students gain more opportunities to exercise themselves. That’s why we introduced the new badges.”
We prepare a skill list and seven badges for each student to record their progress in aquatic sports and implement personalized education.
More Aquatic Sports
Except the regular learning, students can also participate in inter-school leagues, school team training and triathlon club, which enable them to experience the fun of sports and keep exploration under the NACIS philosophy of “Be Ambitious”.
The enthusiasm for aquatic sports can be seen in the growing swimming team of 127 students from the primary and secondary. Since the beginning of the academic year, our swimming team has participated in many inter-school competitions and achieved good results. Ms. Annie said: “Our athletes are really looking forward to participating in competitions on behalf of school, so they devote themselves to training.”
Our primary and secondary teams often interact with each other in different forms, which not only helps students of all ages develop communication and social skills, but also fosters team spirit. During opening trainings at intervals, primary and secondary students can learn from each other. Junior students are encouraged through watching senior students compete in the pool, while senior students learn to develop leadership skills by helping junior students. Students from the Triathlon club will start intensive aquatic training after the running training is over. At that time, NACIS athletes will meet in the pool and encourage each other to achieve better results.
Immersive Sports Experience
The new swimming pool with seven 25-meter swimming lanes provides students with a larger space and more training opportunities.
We also provide professional swimsuits and caps for students, which allow them to achieve the best competitive state with less water resistance, protect their skin with high-quality fabrics and build a solid safety defense line. Wearing professional swimsuits, students can enjoy more fun of the competition. Shanghai Ram, the official mascot on the window, seems to cheer for our athletes and remind them of developing the tenacious spirit.
Physical education is more of a moral education. Shanghai Ram not only brings new energy into the NACIS sportsmanship, but also encourages NACIS athletes to devote 100% enthusiasm and perseverance and grow into brave global citizens.