Cross Curricular – It’s easier than you think to fit PE into your lessons…

Cross Curricular – It’s easier than you think to fit PE into your lessons…

Children have been encouraged to learn with a disconnect between subjects, restricting creativity, transfer of knowledge and many other vital skills. However, it has been proved that cross curricular learning can massively impact children’s learning and improve performance across the curriculum.

Cross-curricular learning is also a great way to cover a number of areas of learning in the short amount of time available. For example, PE and physical exercise can be introduced into other lessons, not only improving concentration, brain activity and learning, but a great way to get children active.

Here are some great ways to introduce PE into your lessons:

Face Ball pack


-Challenge: Children have to catch the balls then spell the emotions e.g. happy, sad, and angry.

-Make it harder: Children have to spell out the emotion and fit the emotion into a sentence or a paragraph.

-Skills: Handwriting, Spelling, Vocabulary, Sentence/Paragraph structure, Punctuation.

Whiteboard Dice


-Challenge: Throwing the dice around the classroom, children have to catch the dice and write a verb, noun, adjective etc. once they have done so, they throw the dice to the next person who has to catch and fit the word into a sentence.

-Make it harder: This can be done with all new skills that have been learnt. A great activity for the end of the lesson to recap on what has been learnt.

-Skills: Vocabulary, Spelling, Handwriting, Grammar, Numbers, Multiplication, Subtraction.

Bat and Ball set


-Challenge: In pairs hitting the ball to each other, children count their rally. With the rally number from the pair next to them, children then have to work in pairs to add and multiply the numbers.

-Make it harder: Include the numbers from more pairs and introduce divide into the calculations.

Skills: Multiplication, Subtraction, Division.

Cone Sleeves


-Challenge: In groups of three, 2 children have to run to a different numbered cone. The third child then shouts a command; add or multiply which the children stood on cones have to work out.

-Make it harder: include more children to make the sum longer and include divide to the commands that can be shouted.

-Skills: Multiplication, Subtraction, Division.

Giant Pop-Up Target


-Challenge: Children have to throw 2 balls at the target. The green area of the target is the number the ball lands on, the red is the number multiplied by 2 and the blue is number multiplied by 3. The 2 numbers are then added together and the rest of the class have to work out the answer.

-Make it harder: Introduce more throws at the target or set different rules for where the ball lands. The red area could be a multiplication of 10 and the blue a multiplication of 15 etc.

-Skills: Multiplication, Subtraction, Division.

Use the above games as a starting point and make games easier or harder depending on the level of your class. You can adapt these across the curriculum and turn lessons into a fun and active way to learn.

Children will begin to see knowledge as interdependent and connected rather than individual, isolated subjects which ultimately enables students to achieve higher level critical thinking and collaborative skills.

Get creative and view our full range for many more cross-curriculum game ideas.

Authored by: Daniel Moss

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