Hi there, my name is Humphrey the Humpback whale and I have come along to swim with you this term as my friend Nelly said you did so well last term!
I am a unique whale that loves to sing and leap out of the water so we are going to have lots of fun this term! As well as developing our stroke work to make us even better swimmers, we are going to try some new resting skills to help us preserve our energy and keep us safe in the water!
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This term we will continue to develop our stroke work! To make Breast stroke more fun to practice we will be including a push and glide and swim through the parent's legs as well as combining it with back crawl.
We are going to also try some new floats and improve survival skills by treading water holding a ring as well as a new giant step entry.
There will also be a photo day this term, which is a great opportunity to collect a memory of your swimming lessons! Like the toddler and baby levels it is £10 for up to 4 photos.
We get our "Humpback" name from fact that our dorsal fin sits on a large hump on our back, which is noticeable when we arch and dive! As well as this we have very long flippers known as “big wings”, which can be one-third of our body length.
As Humpback whales, we love to sing and are known for our magical songs, which travel for great distances through the oceans, but it's only the daddy whales that sing, and we have loved all the songs you have sang throughout the baby, toddler and child levels! We create sequences howls, moans and cries that can continue for hours on end and often allow us to meet lots of new friends!
We normally live near the coastlines but love our warm weather and often migrate to warmer waters in the summertime. I love my food and my favourite is tiny shrimp, plankton and small fish. Humpback Whales only eat during the summer and in the winter when we move to warmer waters, we stay with our mum's and live off our fat reserves. We love our mums and stay close to them for a whole year and am often seen swimming deep in the ocean with our Finns touching! It takes us a bit longer to grow up than our other whale friends and we do not stop growing until we are 10 years old.
We will have lots of fun this term, as we love to jump up and splash into the water! We are also known to be some of the best swimmers and our massive tail fin, called a "fluke" helps us propel through the water just like your Finns will do when we snorkel through hoops this term!
Next term, you will be meeting Olivia The Orca