Storytelling school

Storytelling and Learn to Swim at South Molton Pool

00:00 February 27, 2022

South Molton Pool will celebrate World Book Day with a week of story-based swimming lessons around five classic children’s books to raise awareness of the importance of learning to swim.

Before the pandemic, national statistics showed that 1 in 4 children left primary school unable to swim at least 25 metres. However, due to the pandemic, it is now expected that more than one million children could leave primary school over the next five years unable to swim to the minimum standards required by the national curriculum.

With this in mind, 1610 aims to inspire more parents to teach their children to swim through structured swimming lessons and to inspire children to continue in water sports longer to acquire and refine this important life skill.

During the week of February 28 to March 6. 1610 Swimming Lessons will celebrate World Book Day with a week of scripted swimming lessons.

The objective of this campaign is to combine the importance of reading and swimming through transversal activities. Each swimming lesson will be based on a feature book with fun games and activities to make swimming even more fun and bring the book to life. Swimming teachers will tell the story of the book throughout the lesson, so children can enjoy both swimming and their love of books.

Sports, Activities and Watersports Manager, Ricky Hayes, said: “We know that children learn best when they are having fun and having fun. By combining each lesson with a story, we can do just that and ensure that all activities have clear learning outcomes, so the children in the lessons will be learning about books and swimming without even realizing it.

Here is a list of featured books that will be included in swimming lessons: Going on a Bear Hunt; Mrs. Pepperpot learns to swim; House on the Broom; Stickman; The deep end.

1610 is a not-for-profit leisure trust (formerly Somerset Leisure) which manages leisure facilities in Somerset, Devon and Dorset. 1610 aims to help people live fuller, richer lives by having active bodies and active minds.