14 cards and a short guide to using them
- 9 Cards cover the essential, foundation aquatic skills which are the building blocks for success in the water.
- 4 cards feature additional aquatic skills associated with SELF RESCUE
- 1 card gives an example of a class challenge and assessment activity.
The Heading on each card features one foundation skill.
This is a learning focus or objective for planning and assessment.
The back of each card includes at least four tried and tested PRACTICES AND ACTIVITIES for children to try. They are progressive and represent STEPS TO SUCCESS for acquiring the associated skills and confidence.
As your pupils try and practice the steps to success they – and you – will need to know what is going to COUNT AS SUCCESS.
Turning to the front of the card again there is guidance to the sorts of things a teacher is LOOKING FOR when assessing progress, achievement and attainment.
Finally – if you are not ‘a swimmer’ yourself (and even if you are), it is well worth reminding ourselves just what we are EXPLORING in that new aquatic world and how it connects or fits with what is coming later…. When planning lessons these can be linked to setting outcomes or objectives.
Finally, it is often useful when writing formal curriculum maps or plans to be able to cross reference the content using terminology or terms which are likely to find in AQUATICS text books and other resources.