Attending swimming lessons encourages a healthy lifestyle and boosts academic results!
According to this article published on 20 April 2016, a study by UCL found that children who attend swimming lessons obtain better math grades.
Children who participate in sports and physical activities are one and a half times more likely to attain grades that are higher than expected in their math tests in primary schools. The study carried out by NatCen Social Research, Newcastle University and ASK Research analysed information on more than 6,400 English children born in 2000 and 2001.
“The chance of experiencing success in sports raises pupils’ confidence and self-esteem,” said the study’s lead investigator, Dr Emily Tanner, of NatCen. She explained that as children experience success in swimming, this increases their confidence and self-esteem, and encourages them to do better in their academics. This also motivates students to value the idea of school and forge stronger bonds with teachers and classmates.
She said sports also enhanced social skills and generated a positive experience of school which in return made children apply themselves harder in their academic studies. She explained: “Social skills are important for learning.”
Swimming lessons promote social interaction with peers and other children. Children are mixing with a different group of children from the ones they mix in class. This positive experience helps to foster more positivism in the academic pursuit. “For children who may have had a negative experience in their academic learning, this provides a more positive experience.”
The study also found that among disadvantaged children, those who attended after school clubs also fared better than their peers who didn’t take part in such groups.
They achieved an average of two points higher in their tests at the end of primary for English, maths and science, researchers said.