My name is Sue Bordley and I am an author. Today’s theme is swimming and water safety.
We will be reading ‘Have Fun, Be Safe’, the book I wrote with RLSS-qualified lifeguard and swimming teacher, Jonathan Gerrard. We’ll also be doing some creative activities that are linked with the story.
Have Fun be Safe Story Reading
First, we are going to read the story. Find out how Lifeguard Rob and Lifeguard Jen can help you stay safe in the water!
The story has been broken into two sections. The first part is the day when Sam’s class goes swimming. The second part is Saturday, when Sam comes swimming with his mum and sister. This will be shared for our bedtime story.
This develops children’s knowledge and understanding of safety in the water.
Design a Life Ring
Now we are going to draw and decorate our own life rings.
This is a lovely activity to talk together with your child about how to keep safe in the water and different things that we can use to stay afloat in the water. This supports children’s understanding of water safety.
Make Your own Goggles
Now we are going to make some play swimming goggles.
Cut two sections from a cardboard egg box and remove the circle at the end. Then, join them together using pipe cleaners and use two more pipe cleaners to create straps to fasten them carefully around the ears. This develops children’s language and communication linked to swimming and being safe in the water.
My Swimming Bag
Find out what we need when we go swimming.
Talk together with your child about what we need to take swimming. Go through what we do when we get to the swimming pool. For example: First we put our swimsuits on, next we put our clothes in a locker etc. Then talk about the fun you have at a swimming pool. Finally discuss with your child what we do when we have finished. Discover together what you will need to take with you. This supports children’s planning for an activity and their independence to make decisions for themselves.