Cross-Curricular Links

Establishing cross-curricular links with Physical Education

The benefits of active learning in the classroom are widely acknowledged in a variety of areas of the curriculum. Not only does it allow core curriculum subjects such as maths to be taught in a fun and engaging way, but increases physical activity in children when meeting recommended standards is challenging.

Here are four resources you can use to make literacy and numeracy more active:

Lead pupils through practising correct use of punctuation by attributing a "kung fu" move to each piece of punctuation and performing these, complete with sound effects.


Get your students rushing around the classroom, seeking out hidden problems to solve. Tape the maths problem cards to backs of chairs, behind doors, on cupboards etc and then pair the class up, give them a starting symbol and watch them go! Questions include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

active adding

Spread out pairs of numbered floor markers around the classroom. Get pupils to move around them to add or subtract the two figures. When pupils know the answer, get them to jump on the spot for the correct number of times.

active adjectives

Set out letter floor markers around the room and get pupils to move around to music. When the music stops, you read a sentence such as “The stadium is…” and pupils have to finish the sentence using adjective starting with the letter that is nearest to them.