Summer Swimming Fun

Summer Swimming Fun! A complete activity solution for swimming week. Read more at Miss Jenny's ClassroomSwimming Week – As teachers we love it…we hate it. Lessons and transport to and from the venue eat away at the day and leave little time for regular lessons. That’s why this year I had a plan!

As most teachers have headed back to school for the past two days for week 0 to prepare for their first week I have been thinking about all the things that seem to happen in those first few weeks. Sometimes those things are quite unexpected – things like swimming week.

In my first year teaching in a class of my very own I had it sprung on me that they would be going swimming in week 2 – that gave me one week to get the forms out and back with payment – absolute nightmare for myself and parents. The other thing I detested was just how useless that week became – the kids went at recess, got back after lunch…and were exhausted. What is a teacher to do?

My way of getting some learning out of the week (I know swimming skills are very important…but the classroom work must go on!) was to create a swimming journal. My first attempt was extremely basic – a cover (one for the girls and one for the boys), four identical pages about what they did with room for a picture and a review sheet for the last day. Hmmm, not that exciting but the students did like it.

Having a bit of time on my hands yesterday I decided that the poor journal needed a serious make-over. I kept the pages I already had (there was nothing wrong with them – just a little repetitive) and added some new ones.

The first page I added was what gear they needed to bring! No matter how many times you cross your fingers in hope there will always be a student who forgets their towel, goggles, or underwear! With room for them to draw a picture my goal is for them to remember (and not rely of their parents so much). I also added a page for safety and my favourite are the bather designer – get the students being creative with colour and patterns.

You think this sounds good? The old version was one of my best-selling items on TPT but the new more detailed version with much more is available exclusively at Classroom Kitty. Find literacy activities as well as a design/art activity. Everything is ready to just print and go!

Join the hundreds of happy teachers who have used this resource today!

On May 1, 2016, Nina B. answered: My kids loved using this journal during swimming.

On February 28, 2016, Julie G. answered: Perfect for swimming week journal. Thank you.

On February 22, 2016, Imaginative Teacher answered: Exactly what I was after! Thankyou for all your hard work and effort!

On September 22, 2015, Karen K. answered: The perfect resource to use after returning from swimming lessons – many thanks

 On May 12, 2015, Buyer answered: Our kids swim for 10 days. This was an excellent activity for them! Thank you!!


  1. Kayse Morris Teachers Pay Teachers
    January 31, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    I love that you are talking about swimming in January!!! Where I live it makes me smile! We are freezing right now!

    • Jenny Ward
      February 1, 2015 / 11:33 am

      I had seen on the news about the blizzards over there. I wish I could say that it is toasty and hot here but sadly where I live it is still quite cold. I think we've had about a week of hot weather!

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