Physical Exercise at St Luke's
At St Luke's, we support every child to undertake PE through a range of physical activities that exercise the body and mind.
The benefits of physical activity are universal for all children, including those with disabilities. The participation of children with disabilities in sports and recreational activities promotes inclusion, minimises deconditioning, optimises physical functioning, and enhances overall well-being. Despite these benefits, children with disabilities are more restricted in their participation, have lower levels of fitness, and have higher levels of obesity than their peers without disabilities.
St Luke's Goals
The school's key goal is for inclusion for all children with disabilities to access a wider range of PE activities and experiences. Children with special needs most definitely benefit from having a balance in all aspects of their life: social, physical, and mental. Participating in sports can help instil a sense of self-confidence and improve skills in relationship building and working as part of a team. As such, we are investing our fundraising efforts in the creation of an all-weather pitch for games, a track for running, cycling and segway as well as more resources for playing games indoors and out.
The Psychological Benefits of Exercise
The psychological benefits of exercise are just as important as the physical ones. Movement develops brain cells and stimulates the production of endorphins, body chemicals that help create feelings of happiness and calmness as well as ease stress and pain. A good workout can leave students feeling better about life and about themselves. Sports can also afford the opportunity for some pupils to excel and experience success which they may find difficult in academic subject.
Particular Challenges for Children with SEND
Children with physical, cognitive and mental health disabilities face challenges every day of their lives. Some youth have limited mobility and/or tire more easily than other children and teens. For some children with sensory issues, communication challenges or difficulties with social skills, children with side effects from medication, those who are always overtired from lack of quality sleep and youth who are overweight and not physically fit at all will not have the opportunity to enjoy many organised activity programmes.
In addition to the physiologic benefits of decreased body fat and increased fitness overall, regular physical activity for children with disabilities has been shown to help in controlling or slowing the progression of the chronic disease, improving overall health and function, and mediating the psychosocial impact of the condition on children and their families.
We hold a whole school sports day in the summer term which is one of the highlights of the school calendar and is a chance for parents and family to come along and take part too!