Advanced Swimming Lesson 2

Learning Intentions

  1. Carry and retrieve a variety of objects
  2. Swim and stay afloat for as long as possible
  3. Skill Development: Mushroom float

Success Criteria

  1. I can collect and carry a variety of objects
  2. I can swim and float
  3. I can perform a mushroom float

National Curriculum Links

Develop and apply a broad range of skills including collecting, carrying and floating

Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Can guide a partner through key points to improve a mushroom float
Numeracy: Can suggest a realistic time in which they could complete the swimming course

Starter Activity

Group the children in small teams of 2 or 3, number the swimmers A, B and C. Scatter floating equipment around the swimming area. On the teacher’s command of ‘go’ the first swimmer heads out and collects a floating object which they bring back to their team’s poolside, then the next swimmer goes. Only one swimmer can be out collecting objects at any one time and swimmers may only collect one object at a time. Extension: Swimmers must use certain strokes, e.g. on front, scull on back, breaststroke, underwater etc.

Skill Development

Mushroom Float
Mushroom float is a key skill swimmers require when thinking about spending sustained periods of time in open water for example in a personal survival context. The mushroom float both saves energy and preserves heat in the core of the body.
Task:
Place swimmers into groups of 2/3—encourage them to support each other to improve technique using the main teaching points.
Once swimmers have got a good idea of how to competently mushroom float, make it competitive with small groups or challenge the entire group seeing who can hold afloat for the longest.

Assessment for learning 2

Complete a challenge course that includes swimming underwater, carrying objects, swimming on the surface, floating for a set time, entering and exiting the pool and retrieving equipment from the bottom of the pool. See example diagram

Teaching Points

Mushroom float

  1.  Take 1 or 2 deep breaths
  2. Float face down in the water
  3. Draw knees towards the body
  4. Wrap arms around legs and draw them closer to the body
  5. The back should be facing up and out of the water
  6. To extend period able to stay underwater exhale as pressure builds in lungs

Key Questions

  1. What was the most challenging part of the swimming course?
  2. If you were to swim the course again how would try and improve your time?
  3. When would you use a mushroom float?
  4. Can you describe one benefit of using a mushroom float?
  5. Can you suggest an appropriate warm-up for a lesson on front crawl legs?

Advanced Swimming Lesson 2

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Learning Intentions

  1. Carry and retrieve a variety of objects
  2. Swim and stay afloat for as long as possible
  3. Skill Development: Mushroom float
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Success Criteria

  1. I can collect and carry a variety of objects
  2. I can swim and float
  3. I can perform a mushroom float
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National Curriculum Links

Develop and apply a broad range of skills including collecting, carrying and floating

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Literacy and Numeracy Links

Literacy: Can guide a partner through key points to improve a mushroom float
Numeracy: Can suggest a realistic time in which they could complete the swimming course

Advanced Swimming Lesson 2

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Starter Activity

Group the children in small teams of 2 or 3, number the swimmers A, B and C. Scatter floating equipment around the swimming area. On the teacher’s command of ‘go’ the first swimmer heads out and collects a floating object which they bring back to their team’s poolside, then the next swimmer goes. Only one swimmer can be out collecting objects at any one time and swimmers may only collect one object at a time. Extension: Swimmers must use certain strokes, e.g. on front, scull on back, breaststroke, underwater etc.

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Skill Development

Mushroom Float
Mushroom float is a key skill swimmers require when thinking about spending sustained periods of time in open water for example in a personal survival context. The mushroom float both saves energy and preserves heat in the core of the body.
Task:
Place swimmers into groups of 2/3—encourage them to support each other to improve technique using the main teaching points.
Once swimmers have got a good idea of how to competently mushroom float, make it competitive with small groups or challenge the entire group seeing who can hold afloat for the longest.

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Assessment for learning 2

Complete a challenge course that includes swimming underwater, carrying objects, swimming on the surface, floating for a set time, entering and exiting the pool and retrieving equipment from the bottom of the pool. See example diagram

Teaching Points

Mushroom float

  1.  Take 1 or 2 deep breaths
  2. Float face down in the water
  3. Draw knees towards the body
  4. Wrap arms around legs and draw them closer to the body
  5. The back should be facing up and out of the water
  6. To extend period able to stay underwater exhale as pressure builds in lungs

Key Questions

  1. What was the most challenging part of the swimming course?
  2. If you were to swim the course again how would try and improve your time?
  3. When would you use a mushroom float?
  4. Can you describe one benefit of using a mushroom float?
  5. Can you suggest an appropriate warm-up for a lesson on front crawl legs?