Right to swim

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A lesson based on solving a young disabled man's access problems.

Students are encouraged to explore ways to provide a suitable solution.

The lesson focuses on literacy skills and problem solving.

Lesson objectives

By the end of the lesson, ALL students will learn: That people have equal rights despite disabilities.

By the end of the lesson, MOST students should learn: That if people work together they can attempt to solve a problem.

By the end of the lesson, SOME students could learn: That disabilities do not hinder people.

Activities for the lesson

Equipment required: ICT Internet / projector, Whiteboard, Printed handouts

Lesson starter

Whole class

Students to discuss as a whole class what they consider to be their rights and if everyone has the same rights.

Video clip

Students to watch the video without sound. This will encourage them to identify the problems that this young disabled man encounters at his local swimming pool.


Students should feedback as a class what they consider to be problems for him. They should be encouraged to assess whether he is being denied a 'right'.

Students to watch the video again with the sound turned up.



The video states that 15 disabled young people do not have access to the swimming pool in the Cwm Rhondda Sports Centre. Ask students to read:

Class discussion

Whole class

In a class discussion, students should discuss and decide whether these 15 young people are being discriminated against.

What needs to change?


In pairs students to look at the video once again and produce an action plan of what needs to be changed in the sports centre to make it accessible for disabled people using Handout 2 - Action plan.

Students should decide upon the best course of action by suggesting five different ways to raise awareness. The five approaches can be ranked from most effective to least effective and recorded on Handout 3 - Raising awareness.


Whole class

Advise students they will be starting a campaign to get changes made at the sports centre. They need to think of an appropriate ambassador for the campaign. Suggestions could be listed on the board.

If the athlete Ellie Simmonds is not mentioned students should be introduced to her using the factfile on:

Campaign letter


The class should be divided in half. One half will write to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council the other should write to Ellie Simmonds.

The letter to the Council should outline the problems and suggest changes that need to be made; the letter to Ellie Simmonds should highlight the problems and ask for her support.

The task should include asking the students to find out where to send the campaign letters.

Written comments


Teachers can use Handout 5 - Comment sheet to collect written comments from the students.

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Key skills and learning skills

  • Communication
  • Application of number
  • ICT
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Improving own performance
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Exploring meaning
  • Reflection
  • Research skills
  • Presentation skills

AFL strategies

  • Sharing learning objectives
  • Use of questioning
  • Effective feedback
  • Modelling
  • Pupil self assessment
  • Peer assessment
  • Ongoing assessment
  • Adjusting teaching/reviewing
  • Plenary

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