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Physical Education

At Holy Cross all children in years 1 through to 6 participate in 2 hours of timetabled PE each week with additional continuous provision in the outside area.

Our PE curriculum provides children with an opportunity to learn and develop their skills in a number of disciplines. These include:

  • Games
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Outdoor Activities-Forest School

We also hold a range of extra-curricular sports activities for the duration of the school year for children in EYFS to Year 6.

The P.E Curriculum

KS1: Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

KS2: Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Regular participation in PE and sports provides great benefits for children both physically and academically. These include:

  • Promoting healthy growth and development
  • Helping to achieve and maintain a healthy body.
  • Improving cardiovascular fitness, balance, co-ordination, flexibility and strength.
  • Improving posture
  • Assisting with the development of gross motor and fine motor skills.
  • Helping to establish connections between different parts of the brain.
  • Improving concentration and thinking skills
  • Improving confidence, self-esteem and social skills.

Our PE topics


These are the topics that your child will be studying throughout their time at Holy Cross.


Year 1

Autumn 1: Ball skills and Team games

Autumn 2: Gymnastics and Net games

Spring 1: Dance and Team Games

Spring 2:  Ball Skills and Team Games

Summer 1: Striking games and Athletics (Jumping)

Summer 2: Athletics (Throwing) and Gymnastics


Year 2

Autumn 1: Football and Ball skills (Catching)

Autumn 2: Dance and Netball

Spring 1: Gymnastics and Hockey

Spring 2: Dance and Tag Rugby

Summer 1: Athletics (Running and Jumping) and Kwik Cricket

Summer 2: Athletics (Throwing and Agility) and Rounders

Year 3

Autumn 1: Football and Gymnastics

Autumn 2: Dance and Netball

Spring 1: Gymnastics and Hockey

Spring 2: Swimming and Tag Rugby

Summer 1: Athletics and Kwik Cricket

Summer 2: Rounders and Tennis


Year 4

Autumn 1: Netball and Dance

Autumn 2: Gymnastics and Football

Spring 1: Swimming and Tag Rugby

Spring 2: Dance and Hockey

Summer 1: Athletics and Rounders

Summer 2: Outdoor and Adventurous Kwik Cricket


Year 5

Autumn 1: Dance and Netball

Autumn 2: Swimming and Football

Spring 1: Hockey and Gymnastics

Spring 2: Dance and Rugby

Summer 1: Athletics and Kwik Cricket

Summer 2: Outdoor and Adventurous and Rounders


Year 6

Autumn 1: Swimming and Football

Autumn 2: Netball and Dance

Spring 1: Tag Rugby and Gymnastics

Spring 2: Hockey and Outdoor and Adventurous

Summer 1: Athletics and Rounders

Summer 2: Tennis and Kwik Cricket

Sports Week

Each year we hold a Sports week. During the week, children are encourage to participate in a range of physical activities inside and outside of school. We also hold a KS1 and KS2 Sports day.

At Holy Cross Catholic we value the importance of engaging our children in borough wide competitions. Throughout the year we provide opportunities for children from Years 1-6 to represent the school in a number of different sports events. For more information about tournaments please see the tournament list on our sports page.


Holy Cross CatholicPrimary Academy

Tracyes Road, Harlow,

Essex, CM18 6JJ

01279 424452