Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Foundation Phase Education students teach local learners how to swim

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Education students at the Mowbray Campus are teaching large numbers of primary school learners from various communities to swim.

Over a six-week period, more than 80 learners from Observatory Primary School will visit the campus once a week, in order to participate in free swimming lessons.

Human Movement lecturer, Mel Muller, said the swimming lessons have been taking place at the campus for several years and forms part of third year Foundation Phase Students’ Human Movement module.

Muller said all third year students must complete a swimming module, which requires them to master the skill of teaching a child to swim.

Instead of sending the students out to schools to complete this module, Ms Muller said they opted to bring learners to the campus and incorporate them into the Human Movement classes.

This move is proving to be a huge success, both for students and learners.

Muller said students are not only developing their teaching skills through the swimming lessons, but also providing the community with a valuable service.

“The students are experiencing working with children in water. What they have learnt in their first two years, they are now putting into practice,” she said.

Each student is allocated a learner and over the six week period must teach them how to swim.

“They also have to write a progress report on their child,” she said.

Muller said incorporating learners into lessons has also had a major impact on the community over the past few years.

“It is benefiting the community. Every year we teach so many children to swim,” she said.

Learners also have the opportunity to play various balls games with students when at the campus. Muller said this also assist students with how to go about giving lessons at schools.

As a result of the interaction with learners on campus, many CPUT Foundation Phase students hit the ground running when they start their experiential teaching at schools.

By Candes Keating

Photo: A Foundation Phase Education student shows a Grade 2 Learner from Observatory Primary how to keep herself afloat

Written by CPUT News

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