Sport and Physical Education

Health in general is a major issue which is affecting more and more children in society and Physical Education is a necessary part of addressing this issue.


This is especially important for children with learning difficulties because:

  • There are often physical difficulties and gross and fine motor control problems associated with learning difficulties;

  • Children with learning and physical problems often have low self esteem due to negative treatment by peer group (eg. children with dyspraxia).   An appropriate and positively delivered PE programme can help to address poor self-image and promote a more positive self-awareness;

  • PE and Games necessitate self-discipline and body control.

  • To promote Physical Education as a long term health objective

  • To develop each child’s physical potential

  • To give a degree of understanding of the concepts behind  Physical Education in an appropriate manner

  • To provide opportunities to apply both competitive and co-operative skills appropriately

  • To stretch the  boundaries of self-belief in each child

  • To improve self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence for life.

The  PE programme  covers skills  including agility, hand eye co-ordination and the 5 S’s

  • Speed

  • Stamina

  • Strength

  • Suppleness

  • Skill

Students gain experience of

  • Co-operative ,invasive, striking/fielding and net games

  • Dance (through  a weekly club , delivered on Trinity site)

  • Athletics

  • Outdoor activities

  • Swimming  and trampolining (younger students at Medway Park)

Organisation and Delivery

Trinity students have the opportunity to attend Medway Park Leisure Centre on a weekly basis and are transported by Trinity School minibuses.

A register of attendance is taken before student’s board the minibuses.

Trinity staff both escort to and attend all sessions.

Trinity staff are highly trained to deliver a range of activities and have the benefit of a wide range of equipment and facilities. These can be utilised to adapt many practices where needed.

Non participation

Students are encouraged to participate regularly in PE sessions.

A register is kept on non-participation, stating reason and parents are informed through their planner. Those not participating remain in school working on Physical Education Projects under the direction of a timetabled member of staff.

The intention of Trinity School is to give every child the opportunity to stretch his/her personal boundaries of physical ability.

Trinity staff are able to meet the demands presented to them by students with a wide ranging level of abilities and skills. In case where levels of ability differ sufficiently the tasks are to be differentiated. Students may be working at a similar skill but not at the same level.

All staff are aware of the need for differentiation at certain levels of ability.

OCR Entry Level Physical Education provides the initial accreditation for Physical Education and those learners who wish to progress in the subject are able to achieve the Sports Leaders Awards. Recognising Physical Education as part of the Curriculum for Life, students are able to complete tasks for the ASDAN Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, ASDAN Certification of Personal Effectiveness and Wider Key Skills.

All students have access to participation within the PE curriculum. There is no bar on the grounds of race, sex, cultural background or learning difficulties. Students are expected to be tolerant of and respect member of the opposite sex, those of different culture and racial backgrounds and to accept the differing abilities of others.

The most obvious link to PE is Science (Forces, Human Biology) but there is much inform cross-curricular linking with Speaking and Listening, Social Communication, Problem Solving, Improving Own Learning and Performance and PHSMSC programme.

Perhaps more than other subjects, PE carries an element of risk, especially with children who may have motor-control dysfunctions. Therefore special care must be taken in promotion of health and safety.

Procedure should an accident occur

  • Initial examination of injury will take place by a member of staff with first aid training. If no further action is need the child will continue and the incident will be logged at Medway Park. Parents will be advised either through the planner or by email.

  • If the injury is slightly more temporarily disabling, the child will be withdrawn and re-assessed after a period of time. Trinity will be telephoned and parents will be informed.

  • If more serious and medical attention is required parents will be informed as quickly as possible. Trinity and the Executive Headteacher will be informed by telephone. The First Aid Policy will be followed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the student.

  • Appropriate entry will be made in the accident book on site at Medway Park and will be reported at Trinity on return by either Mrs Nikki Miles or Mr Andy Briggs.

  • White Polo shirt

  • Black shorts or tracksuit bottoms

  • Appropriate training shoes

  • Suitable fleece/jacket if required

Students have the opportunity to choose Sports Leadership as an option.