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Physical Education 2016-2017

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Physical Education Leader


Adam Porter 


“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”


– Mike Singletary
(American Football Coach/Player)



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Physical Education


Vision Statement


At Holden Clough we endeavour to support and promote excellence through PE whilst advocating healthy lifestyles and the opportunity for children to engage in regular competitive sport and activities, therefore developing competency in a broad range of PE.  



Current PE Provision


Our current provision involves the delivery of two hours physical education to all children throughout the school.  Consistent with the PE curriculum, we teach four four core units from years 1-6, athletics, games, dance and gymnastics.  In Recpetion, dance, gymnastics and games are also taught, whilst in nursery there is an emphasis on developing fundamental movement skills and physical literacy.  Staff wear a designated PE teaching kit, and CPD is continually being sought in order to improve staff teaching of physical education.  


Alongside this, Years 3 and 4 also attend swimming lessons over the course of a term, helping to ensure they meet the requirement of being able to swim 25 metres by the conlcusion of KS2.  We also work closely with a number partner agencies ensuring each year group has access to any enhancing additional provision at some stage throughout the year.


Below, further information can be found regarding our PE provision.

Holden Clough PE Kit Policy

Physical Education Action Plan - 2016/17

Primary School PE National Curriculum

Holden Clough Curriculum Map 2016-17

School Sports Council Minutes October 2016



Details of our Sport Premium funding for this year can be found by accessing the 'key information' page on the left hand side of the page.  Alternatively, copy and paste link below into your browser to be taken there directly.




After School & Extra Curricular Sporting Provision


We have again entered into the Tameside School sports partnership giving us full access to all primary school competitions within the borough.  All results/reports from competitions will be recorded on this page.  Alternatively, you can check our 'Holden Clough Sport' twitter.  (Adress at the top of the page)


In order to give children a broad range of opportunities, we have again changed our after school club schedule.  This is detailed below. 




Cheerleading/Dance - Miss Thompson. 3.20 - 4.30. (Hall)





'Fit 4 Fun' Multi Sport Club - KS1 - 3.15 - 5.00. (Hall)





Gymnastics - All year groups - 3.20 - 4.30. (Hall)

Football - Mr Whittaker - KS2 - School Field - 3.20 - 4.30





'Fit 4 Fun' Multi Sport Club - KS2 - 3.15 - 5.00. (Hall)

'Change 4 Life' - To start after October Half Term - Studio - Mr Porter

Street Dance Practice Music



Change 4 Life Sporticus Club


What is it all about?


Change 4 Life is a national initiative supported by the Youth Sports Trust, promoting the message to Eat Well, Move More and Live Longer.  The idea behind this initative is to help children lead a healthier more active lifestyle. Our School Sports Premium has enabled us to create a Club to deliver this message and provide opportunities for children and their families to get involved.


Activities - The Club offers a wide range of fun, engaging child-initiated and adult led games and challenges, which differ each week for example; mini circuits, relays, and invasion games.


Choices - Their is a balance of different games and activities in which children can create and participate in. They have options to work individually or in groups and can challenge themselves with their personal levels of fitness.


Teamwork – There are opportunities each week for the children to interact with other members. 


Inspiring – Our idealism is to encourage parents to attend this club along with their own children to help assist teachers in delivery and really re-enforce the message that being active and leading a healthy lifestyle is of huge significance.


Values – The Change 4 Life message and the 7 Core Values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games are promoted within the Sporticus Club.  We aim to further promote the ethos of London 2012  by offering praise, rewards and positive reinforcement.  We strive to ensure that children implement these values to become more confident, resilient and determined young people. 

Health Week 26th - 30th June 2017

Year 3 enjoyed creating their own games to practise their throwing, catching, aiming and point scoring skills.




Road To Rio 2016

With the ‘Rio 2016’ Olympic and Paralympic games rapidly approaching, we have decided as a school to take part in The British Olympic and Paralympic associations ‘Road to Rio’ challenge.  This involves children logging all physical activity (individual or team) on the ‘Get Set Road to Rio’ website in an attempt to equal the 9298km distance it takes to get from London to Rio.  It would be great if you could encourage your child to take part in this, as we could win a whole host of amazing prizes for our school! If you copy and paste the link below into your browser, instructions can be found on how to log your child's activity!  Good luck!


Update - 15.07.2016

We are proud to announce that we have travelled the full road to Rio amassing a total of 9283km worth of physical activity!  Well done to all those who took part, its great to see we have such active children in our school! 


Olympian visit - 27.05/2016


Friday saw the school visited by GB Olympic diver James Denny.  James, who will be competing at the Olympic games in Rio later this summer, ran a fitness circuit with each class before conducting a very special assembly whereby he shared some of his experiences with the children.  He even showed us his silver medal from the Commonwealth Games!  This was a massive event for the school and we must thank James for his time, he is living proof that if you work hard enough who knows what your future may hold!  Here he is in the pictures below!

National School Sport Week 20-24th June 2016


School sport week took place at Holden Clough with a range of activities for all children taking place across the school! All children involved performed superbly and this week has proved just how talented our children are!  Have a look at the pictures below to see the different activities we have taken part in! 



Gymnastics - Greater Manchester Winter School Games - 15/03/2016


After winning the Tameside competition, Year 3 & 4 Gymnasts represented the borough at the Greater Manchester School Games at the Amaechi Center in Whalley Range.  After a fantastic opening ceremony at Eastlands, the guys were feeling optimistic and confident ahead of the competition commencing.   Despite not placing, They gave a brilliant account of themselves, especially given the first time they had performed the routine in front of a large audience!  It must also be said the standard of gymnastics on show was outstanding and a credit to the sport!  We now know what we need to aspire to in future competitions now, well done guys!


Boys Lancashire Cricket finals @ Northern CC, Liverpool - 7th July 2016


Our Year 5/6 boys made the long trip to Crosby to represent Tameside in the Lancashire Cricket finals.  After a long trip, the boys were itching to get started despite the wet weather!  Acccompanied by team mascot Mr Kendall, the boys started extremley well winning their first game with relative ease.  The second and third group games proved somewhat more difficult coming up against a range of county players.  Despite this, the boys gave an excellent account of themselves finishing a respectable third in the group.  Next year is our year guys!

Year 4 & 5 Danone Football Festival @ Curzon Ashton - 01.06.2016


Our talented footballers took part in the annual Danone football festival at Curzon Ashton.  The boys put in a stunning display only conceding one goal on root to the final! The final was a well contested affair with some stunning football from both sides.  Unfortunately, we narrowly missed out in extra time to the dismay of all those involved.  Nonetheless it was a great effor from those involved, finishing second out of a total of 28 Tameside Schools!  Top stuff guys!

Active Medlock Swimming Gala - 20.06.2016


Children from Years 3, 4 and 5 competed at a swimming gala at Active Medlock.  The standard of swimming was quite remarkable and our children gave a good account of themselves managing to win some of the boys and girls individuals races.  Meanwhile, this was a very good experience for a lot of the children taking part as they haven't previously swum competitively.  Well done guys top effort!

Rounders - 17.06.2016


Our school rounders team took part in this years heats at New Charter Academy.  A brilliant performance saw them win their group and they will now compete in the Tameside finals on 29th June again back at New Charter.  Well done to those involved and lets hope we can fly the flag for Tameside at the Greater Manchester Summer Games!

Girls Cricket 23/05/2016


Our girls cricket team took part in the Tameside heats at Dukinfield looking to copy the boys achievements from last week.  We played some great cricket but unfortunately didn't qualify for the finals.  Even so, there was real potential shown by all girls involved, and this will bode well in the future.  Great effort girls!

Boys Cricket Finals - 24/05/2016


As the sun shone down on a windswept Dukinfield Cricket club, our boys basked in the glory of recording a seventh straight competition win to secure their place at the Greater Manchester Summer Games finals.  After a nailbiting final game whereby they beat heavily fancied Denton West End, the boys could not hide their delight!  It was a truly stunning performance in the Tameside finals where the boys proved simply too good for all their opponents!  The Greater Manchester finals will now be held at Northern CC on 7th July.  

Boys Cricket - 16/05/2016


Our talented boys cricket team competed against other schools in the annual Tameside Primary cricket tournament at Dukinfield Cricket Club.  We played brilliantly with some fantastic stroke play and accurate bowling.  The fielding was amazing too with some excellent catches being taken.  After winning all three of our group fixtures, we will now compete in the Tameside finals where a place at the Manchester Summer Games is at stake!

Dodgeball - 13/05/2016


Our Year 6 children took part in a dodgeball tournament at New Charter Academy.  On a somewhat blustery evening, the level of competition was fierce with our guys just missing out in a place in the finals in a playoff decider against The Heys.  There was some fantastic dodgeball played and some our throwing was lethal!  Well done to those involved.

Netball - 26/04/2016


Miss Hendry took the school netball team to a tournament at St Damian's RC High School.  The team were amazing, surprising everyone, including Miss Hendry by winning every single fixture and winning the group.   They will now progress to the regional Tameside finals again at St Damian's on Thursday 5th May.



Tameside Finals - 05/05/2016


The netball team returned to St Damian's to compete in the Tameside Netball finals between the sides who had won their regional heat the week prior to this.  The winners would qualify for the Greater Manchester Summer games.  After a good start winning their opening game, the team faultered in their second suffering a heavy loss.  However, after a rallying cry from Miss Hendry, the team responded coming from behind to draw their final fixture and finish a respectable third in the group.  A fantastic effort as some of these children had never played netball at all before Miss Hendry began training them some four weeks ago.  A big thank you must also go to Miss Hendry for her time and effort over the past few weeks.  Pictures from the tournament can be seen below.  

Volleyball - 10/03/2016


Pupils from year 5 and 6 attended a volleyball tournament at Fairfield High School.  The competition was fierce, and some of the child were experienced, incredibly talented volleyball players.  Despite this, our children gave a good account of ourselves winning one of games and loosing the other three narrowly.  We also learnt this sport is all about technique and being able to serve successfully!

Y5/6 Lacrosse - 03/03/2015


Pupils from Year 5 & 6 took part in a Lacrosse tournament at Droylsden Academy. The team ended up finishing fourth out of 15 teams - a very respectable result!  They didn't loose a single game in the group stage but were eventually knocked out in the semi finals before narrowly missing out in the third place playoff.  This was a brilliant attempt at one of the newer sports to be added to the school sport calendar.

KS2 Gymnastics


Children from years 3, 4, 5 & 6 represented the school at a KS2 gymnastics tournament at Silver Springs.  Those involved were incredible - with both 3/4 and 5/6 teams winning medals.  The year 3/4 team won gold and will now go on to represent the school and indeed the borough in the Greater Manchester competition at Sport City!  The year 5/6 team won bronze and should be very proud as only two of the five members take part in gymnastics outside of school!  There were also a number of individual awards, including a gold medal for one of our year 3 gymnasts, a silver for one of our year 5 gymnasts, and a silver for one of our year 4 gymnasts.  A fantastic achievement!  Pictures of their amazing routines can be seen below!

KS1 Gymnastics - 01/03/2016


Some very talented gymnasts took part in a gymnastics competition @ Silver Springs Academy in Stalybridge.  The children represented the school brilliantly coming a very impressive fourth!  One child even won a silver medal in the individual events!  The children should be very proud of themselves and the high standard of gymnastics on show bodes very well for the future! A massive thank you to Mrs Allcock for helping to train the children and accompanying them to the event!


Basketball - 12/02/2016


Children from Year 5 and 6 represented the school at the latest set of Basketball heats at New Charter Academy. Again, this was the first time a lot of the children had represented the school in a sports event.  Despite this, the team only lost one of their four games, winning one and drawing the other two.  Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to ensure progression to the finals but the signs for next years competition are very promising!

Swimming - 05/02/2016


Children from year 4 and 5 represented the school in a swimming gala at Copley Swimming Pool.  The children were quite simply amazing winning four out of the eight races including 3 of the 4 relays. They worked brilliantly as a team but just missed out on the swimming finals by 3 points!  Well done you guys - I'm confident we can win the swimming competition next year!

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Holden Hawks took part in The Urban Extreme Dance Competition. They didn't place in the top 3 but they danced brilliantly and were a credit to the school. Super work after only 4 practices!

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Football Fixtures/Results - 2015/2016


A full program of football fixtures is also underway with our school taking part in the Holmes and Heywood cups respectively as well as competing in the North Tameside Primary school league.  Results and standings will be posted on completion of games.  


21/09/2015 - St Peters C of E (A) (Heywood Cup 2nd Round) - Won 7-3

02/10/2015 - St Christopher's RC  (A) (League) - Lost 7-0

07/10/2015 - Micklehurst C of E (H) (Holmes Cup 1st Round) - Lost 4-3

12/10/2015 - The Heys (A) (League) - Won 5-3

16/10/2015 - Arlies (A) (League) - Lost 3-1

22/10/2015 - Waterloo (A) (League) - Lost 6-3

05/11/2015 - Parochial C of E (H) (League) -Won 2-1

10/02/2016 - Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Heywood Cup 3rd Round) - Won 6-2

11/03/2016 - The Heys (H) (League) - Won 2-0

18/03/2016 - St Christopher's (H) (League) - Lost 2-0

21/03/2016 - Stalyhill (H) (Heywood Cup 4th Round) -  Won 19-18 on penalties (3-3 at full time.)

20/04/2016 - St Stephen's (A) Heywood Cup Semi-final -  Lost 2-1

21/04/2016 - Arlies (H) (League) - Won 3-1

06/05/2016 - Waterloo (H) (League) - Won 2-0


Final League Standings


                                       P          W          D          L       PTS      
1. St Christopher's      9           8           1          0        28 
2.Holden Clough         8           5           0          3        15       
3.Arlies                         7           2           0          5         6
4.Waterloo                   4           1           1          2         4
5.The Heys                   4            1           0          3         3
6.Parochial                   4            0           0         4         0





Manchester United Foundation Premier League Football Tournament - 03/02/2016


Some of our talented footballers took part in Manchester United Foundation's very own Primary Premier League Football Tournament at the clubs academy training ground, The Cliff.  Children from years 5 and 6 performed amazingly in their five games, winning three and drawing two without conceding a single goal!  Despite this stunning performance, the children narrowly missed out on a spot in the final on goal difference!  They were however as always, a credit to the school and it's amazing to see their progression since the start of the year!  Pictures can be seen below.

Indoor Athletics - 28/01/2016


Children from years 4,5 and 6 took part in first athletics meet of the calendar year at Denton Community College.  For the majority of children in attendance, this is the first time they had ever taken part in such a tournament and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Having enjoyed a great deal of success in the field events, particularly that of the speed bounce, vertical jump and chest push we were narrowly beaten in all six of the track events ending up finishing fourth!  A great achievement by all the children involved! 

Y4 & 5 Girls Futsal

Year 4 and 5 girls took part in  Futsal tournament at Tameside College.  This is an indoor, adapted version of football whereby a heavier ball is used.  This was the first time the girls had attempted the sport, and they should be very proud of their achievements.  After a tough opening game, whereby they were beaten 3-0 the girls went on to win their second game, draw their third and narrowly miss out in their fourth and final game.  Well done girls!

Year 3/4 Mixed Football Festival - 11/11/2015


Year 3 and 4 played in a football festival at Copley High School on Wednesday 11th November.  For a lot of the children this was their first ever taste of competitive sport.  Despite not qualifying for the knockout stages, they performed brilliantly and scored some excellent goals!  Well done boys!


Year 3/4 Football Festival - 12/01/2016 

Year 3 and 4 once again did the school proud in the most recent football festival at Medlock Sports Centre.  The children won all four of the games scoring 20 goals in the process!  Well done guys!

Year 3/4 Mixed Football Festival - 24/11/2105


Another group of year 3 and 4 children represented the school in the latest football festival at Ken Ward Leisure Centre in Hattersley.  The children performed amazingly, winning two of their three fixtures.  Some great football was played by all involved and the standard was fantastic!

Year 3 boys take part in their first football tournament

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Year 3/4 Boys Football - 03/11/2015


Seven year 4 boys took part in a tournament at The Medlock Centre on 04/11/2015 performing brilliantly.  They won the first three games comfortably advancing to the semi-final.  Unfortunately they were knocked out by a last minute goal!  Even so a fantastic effort which the boys should be proud of!  Well done boys! 

Y5/6 Girls Football


The girls have now started their monthly league at Curzon Ashton.  Results will be added below.


Thursday 8th October 2015


Game One - vs St John Fisher - (W) 2-0

Game Two - vs Waterloo - (L) - 9-0


Thursday 12th November


Game one - vs Denton West End - (D) 0-0

Game Two - vs Pinfold - (W) - 1-0


Thursday 25th February 2016


Game one - vs Manchester Rd - (W) 4-1

Game Two - vs Arundale - (W) - 6-1



Thursday 24th March 2016


Game one - vs Greenside 'A' (W) 2-0

Game Two - vs Moorside - (W) - 1-0

Game Three - vs Greenside 'B' (L) 1-0





Girls Football - Final standings


The 'She Scores' monthly girls football league concluded with our girls finishing a hugely respectable third and winning a bronze medal.  The girls, a lot of whom have never played before, performed amazingly winning 6 out of their 9 games and narrowly missed out on a place at finals day, loosing their final game to league runners up Greenside.  The girls should be very proud!  The final league standings can be found by downloading the document below.    





Some pupils from year 4 represented the school in the Tameside Tag Rugby competition at Ashton RUFC.   Despite the children not quite managing to qualify for the regional finals they performed brilliantly scoring some excellent tries!  A fantastic achievement considering a lot of the children had never played rugby before!  





Children from years 4,5 and 6 represented the school at a Hockey tournament at Astley Sports College.  In freezing conditions, the children manged to win their first group game 6-0 before narrowly missing out in their second and third group games getting beat 3-2 and 4-0 respectively.  This was a fabulous effort from the children involved, a lot of whom had never played competitive hockey before with proper hockey sticks!  Pictures can be found below, well done guys!

Club Links


We have established club links with the following sports clubs with the intention of signposting children to these clubs depending on the sport.  If you would like your child to join one of these clubs please see Mr Porter as he has contact details for people involved in these clubs. 



Waterloo JFC - 

Ashton Puma's Girls Football Club -

Stayley Cricket Club -

Ashton-Under-Lyne RFC -

Tameside Netball Club -

Ashton Cricket Club -

Ashton Lacrosse Club -

Places available for Nursery - September 2018. For more information please contact the school office.