In the autumn of this year, 18-19 August, Sheffield Hallam University held a PE summer camp for students on their PGCE Primary PE Specialist course.
They used the ASA’s NCTP to provide 65 primary school teachers with the skills they needed to deliver high quality swimming tuition for beginner swimmers.
The tuition involved utilising the NCTP presentation pack as well as information on how school swimming works in Sheffield, and what would be expected of them as teachers, and what they should expect from a good lesson.
They also used the NCTP DVD to provide an opportunity to discover how to analyse swimming strokes.
There were two practical sessions which took the students into the water with two ASA Level 2 teachers, who were also ex-national squad swimmers. This helped to provide an opportunity for good practical examples of stroke analysis.
Those students who wanted to finalise their award and get a certificate for their training had the chance to attend teaching sessions within Sheffield Hallam’s school swimming programme and with the Shoals Swim School.
They had the opportunity to teach both the fundamentals of swimming in the water as assistants and more advanced sessions from the poolside.
NCTP Case Study – Teacher feedback
Luke Bully: “The practical session was extremely insightful. The leaders/coaches walked us through how you would introduce swimming to absolutely beginners entering the pool for the very first time.
“They then demonstrated the whole-part-whole method. A leader/coach demonstrates the full skill as a whole, then break it down into specific segments of the skills (this potentially could be broken down into body parts), followed again by the performer reverting back to the whole skill as one movement.
“As a coaching technique, this method can be utilised across all sports, more often than not with more complex skills which requires the use of more than one body part. For example; whilst performing the breaststroke, the coach may ask the athlete to focus solely on the leg-kick, and they would do that with the aid of floats to support the arms and upper body.”
Rosie Ogden: “I was quite apprehensive as I am not the strongest, most confident swimmer. However, the session was very entertaining and engaging. Fun and enjoyment is obviously a key priority when planning swimming lessons for Primary. If a child isn’t the most confident or has never had the chance to swim, having fun within the pool can lead to a huge increase in self-belief.
“Getting the children used to the water by using toys and floats is a great way to build confidence, whilst still putting the child out of their comfort zone. As a PE specialist, I believe it is essential that the teacher is involved in the planning and delivery of the swimming lesson as they can be a hugely influential.”