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The PE Umbrella | Podcasting ALL things Primary Physical Education

Ryan Ellis here, the founder and host of the PE Umbrella, a Primary Physical Education podcast that discusses all things PE. Interviewing inspiring practitioners from the primary education sector, I will be sharing the latest in excellent practice and discussing what makes PE and Sport such an important tool to engage and enhance the learning of children (across the curriculum) so they are ready to leave school with a solid platform to lead a healthy lifestyle and enjoy lifelong physical activity! I will share insights into what makes the top practitioners of today tick, asking about their favourite PE resources, what activities are a must have in the locker for any teacher and success stories about WHAT REALLY WORKS! All in all, the PE Umbrella is about inspiring YOU in YOUR own teaching practice and providing you with the tools, ideas and resources to take ACTION! So come and join me under the PE Umbrella!
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Nov 8, 2019

Welcome to episode 136 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is Primary PE Teacher, Dominic Tollan. Dominic has taught PE for 15 years with secondary PE training and has worked in an ASN (Additional Support Needs) school as part of his journey towards becoming a Primary PE teacher.

During this episode, we jump into the discussion about WHO should be teaching Primary PE? Class teacher? PE Specialist? Coaches? We sift through the pros and cons for all of these! Dominic also describes himself as a teacher in 3 words only and tells us his recipe for a perfect Primary PE Lesson!

Not only that, but he even takes the time to talk us through some show favourites including his top class-management tip, favourite warm-up and the worst lesson that he ever taught!

As always, get that note pad and pen ready... Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Nov 3, 2019

Welcome to episode 135 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is Brianne Turner. Brianne has a background of Primary Teaching and being a PE lead in a primary setting before joining her current role as head of Primary School engagement at Burnley FC in the Community.

During this episode, Brianne describes herself as a teacher in 3 words only, she provides us with a recipe for her perfect Primary PE Lesson and we talk about PE in the Early Years setting!

Not only that, but she even takes the time to talk us through her top class-management tip, her favourite warm-up activity and the worst lesson that she ever taught!

Get that note pad and pen ready for some Primary PE sharing... Come and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Oct 26, 2019

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week for episode 134 is Non-Perfect Dad, Richard Shorter.

As somebody working alongside sports teams to help deliver their culture and environment to nurture their players' character, I knew immediately I had to have Richard on the show. With three children of his own, he knows the trials and tribulations that come along with parenting, but equally, understands what an important job parents play and the impact it can have on their children, particularly from a sporting perspective. As non-perfect Dad, Richard spends his time speaking to parents and large organisations to help them transform their own way of thinking and this is something especially applicable to the Primary classroom and PE setting. After all, other than their parents, children probably spend the next most amount of time with their classroom teachers, upwards of 30 hours a week, meaning our influence and impact is huge, hopefully stretching far beyond the classroom walls.

You will be immediately captivated the second you hear Richard speak, I can promise you that. During the episode, we have many talking points, but the bulk centres around how we, as teachers & parents, can develop character, self-confidence and self-esteem in the children we work with daily. Buckle yourself up for some fascinating, deep conversation! Get that note pad and pen ready.

Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Oct 19, 2019

Welcome to episode 133 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is Rich Allman. Rich is THE guy when it comes to Primary PE. I spent a long time working around North Yorkshire and kept hearing his name. "You have to speak with Rich" or "He is the best Primary PE teacher around", were phrases I regularly heard. I simply had to connect with him. Rewind to May 2019 and at long last, I met Rich in person at the Active Schools Conference in Leeds. Safe to say he didn't disappoint and we had a great connection. He agreed to appear on the show and I'm delighted to finally be bringing you our chat for episode 133.

During this episode, Rich describes himself as a teacher in 3 words only, he gives us tips for maximising a small teaching space, he tells us all about Physically Active Learning and provides us with a recipe for a perfect Primary PE Lesson!

Not only that, but he even takes the time to talk us through his top class-management tip, favourite warm-up and the worst lesson that he ever taught! You will understand after only a few minutes that Rich is the real deal, so you best get that note pad and pen handy!

Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Oct 12, 2019

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week for episode 132 is Richard Cheetham MBE.

With numerous years in his field, Richard is currently the leader of coach education, research & development at the University of Winchester. He draws upon and reflects on his role and those he has worked most closely with to drop some serious value bombs under the umbrella today. We start off by diving into a coaches skill set and ask Richard what role they can/should play in primary PE. There was (and continues to be) an interesting debate around this and Richard shares his thoughts. This leads us down various Rabbit holes including the importance of enthusiasm, learning environments, creating continuation desire, moving stories and much much more!

Not only that, but he even takes the time to talk us through his top class-management tip and favourite warm-up! If you don't own a notepad, it will be worth investing in one just for this episode, trust me!

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Oct 4, 2019

Welcome to episode 131 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is sports coach and founder of Fitter Future & Challenge Sport Education, Ricky Lawrence.

With many years of coaching under his belt, and a team of coaches now working for him, Ricky is on the front lines delivering PE and PPA in our Primary Schools. During our conversation, we try to put to bed the differences between Sports and PE, we talk about how at Challenge Sport Education, they assess each and every child and we also ask Ricky what makes their approach to PE delivery Innovative and Creative. Not only this, we dive into Fitter Future and discuss its application for getting your classes more active!

In addition to all of this goodness, we ask the show usuals and have Ricky share his top class-management tip, all-time favourite warm-up game, as well as the worst lesson that he ever taught!

So what are you waiting for? The rant cannon is loaded! Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Sep 29, 2019

Welcome to episode 130 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is Elementary Physed teacher, Cliff Roop. This week I'm excited to return to more of a 'regular' show format as I interview Cliff and dive into his teaching experience. He shares with us his PE philosophy and how he turned a corner in his life and profession and fell back in love with teaching PE again.

Not only that, but we delve into the show favourites of class management tips, favourite warm-ups, best and worst ever lessons!

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Sep 20, 2019

Welcome to episode 129 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Youth Sport Trust schools director, Stuart Kay. On this episode, we dive into what it means to take a whole school approach to PE, School Sport and PA. How can we accomplish this? How can we get staff to buy in? Are we playing a 20-year game? Is it even possible? We lay the cards on the table and have a completely honest discussion of where the land lies and where we think it is going!

So what are you waiting for? Join in the discussion with us Under the PE Umbrella!

Sep 13, 2019

Welcome to episode 128 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined again by Mr Energetic Education himself, Dale Sidebottom! As you would expect, Dale brings the energy, passion & knowledge bombs to the show in this action-packed episode. I'm excited for you to hear all about Jugar Life, Dale's latest adventure of wellbeing, kindness and play. We could all do with more of this in our life and Dale explains to us how to make this a reality!

So strap yourself in for knowledge bombs and laughter as we talk about how you and your own students can experience the Jugar Life yourselves!

Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella!

Aug 31, 2019

Welcome to episode 127 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

This week I am fired up to bring you yet another awesome resource activity! Avengers Assemble is a collection of carousel activities running through an underlying challenge of collecting the 6 Infinity Stones. Best suited to EYFS/KS1, but equally applicable for LKS2, your students will be rehearsing their agility, stability and object manipulation skills as they take on a variety of Physical & Mental challenges. As you listen along you'll learn:

- how to set the activities up

- which umbrellas you can focus on

To assist you in your listening, head over to www.peumbrella.com and pick up the FREE accompanying PDF of Avengers Assemble from the show notes page or the activities section of the site! So what are you waiting for? Come on over, and join me under The PE Umbrella!

Jul 14, 2019

Welcome to episode 126 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is Matthew Alan. With over 7 years of experience teaching Primary school PE, Matthew now teaches in Dubai in a school with 4000 students!

We are able to dive into work-life balance challenges as he shares his own tips. We also dive into strategies for working with students who have SEN and how we can best accommodate them in our lessons!

Not only that, but we delve into the show favourites of class management tips, favourite warm-ups and worst ever lessons! So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

May 12, 2019

Welcome to episode 125 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is Seth Foster.

With over 15 years of experience working with the children and young people of Yorkshire schools, Seth has accumulated a wealth of knowledge when it comes to PE. He uses his experience being a disability sports coach, a mindfulness paws B teacher and his extensive PE teaching experience to share with you his thoughts Under the umbrella today.

Much of our conversation talks about the current PE landscape in the UK and how it has evolved during his 10 years working for the Pennine Sports Partnership. We share ideas of how being present and mindful should be a focus of our lessons and how to create a great learning environment. Not only that, but he even takes the time to talk us through his top class management tip and favourite warm up!

As always, this is simply one knowledge bomb after another, so get the note pad and pen ready! Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Apr 25, 2019

Welcome to episode 124 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I'm excited to bring you a reflection episode in which I share with you my top tips for delivering PE to the EYFS age group. There are 8 tips in total, many of which can be applied across the primary age range but are particularly effective in EYFS.

So what are you waiting for? Come and join me under The PE Umbrella for some EYFS PE knowledge bombs!

Mar 31, 2019

Welcome to episode 123 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is primary school headteacher Chris Willan.

During this episode, we talk about how Chris has firmly embedded a culture of high-quality PE, Physical Activity and school sport across his school, and the exceptional impact this is having on the learning of his students.

Chris takes us on a journey, from his early days coaching to becoming a forward-thinking and ambitious head that uses PE as a driver for his school's success. We dig deep into the PE spend and what has worked for him to ensure impact and sustainability. We also dive into the new Ofsted framework announcement and what that means for our beloved subject.

Not only that, but he even takes the time to talk us through his worst ever lesson, top class management tip and favourite warm up! It's simply one knowledge bomb after another in this outstanding interview, so buckle yourself in and get the note pad and pen ready! Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Mar 24, 2019

Welcome to episode 122 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is National Board Certified PE teacher Kyle Bragg. As the 2018 Arizona Elementary teacher of the year, Kyle brings lots to the table for this PhysEd chat. During this episode we talk about the importance of student voice/choice and how undertaking his NBC qualification has supercharged his teaching, amongst other PE dialogue!

Not only that, but we have the usual show favourites to sink our teeth into as well...

- His top class-management tip

- The worst lesson he ever taught

- His favourite warm-up activity EVER!

- The one piece of equipment he absolutely could not live without!

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Mar 3, 2019

Welcome to episode 121 of The PE Umbrella podcast and another absolute belter of an episode!

This week, I welcomed Victoria Randall to the show, a key figurehead behind the writing and then publishing of the report into the Primary PE and Sport Premium, that sought to unpick how effective it truly has been! This episode dives deep into many of the findings from the report and we discuss some key recommendations that have been subsequently put forward.

- Teacher training

- Use of coaches

- Teacher workload

- Getting core status

- What is a 'specialist' and is this dangerous?

As the interview progresses, many interesting points are raised, and as a classroom teacher myself, one who empathises with teacher workload and how schools view PE, I was keen to throw my opinions into the hat. Even more so than other episodes, I'd like this to spark off some professional dialogue over social media, so please get in touch @ryansporting to let me know your thoughts on any of the topics raised in this episode!

What are you waiting for? I'll see you Under the Umbrella!

Feb 25, 2019

Welcome to episode 120 of The PE Umbrella podcast and a very special episode indeed! This week, I teamed up with Jorge Rodriguez from The Global PhysEd Voxcast for his second appearance on The PE Umbrella!

The rulebook for the usual interview format is somewhat ripped up this week as we take on a less structured interview and general PE chat around the transitions that Jorge has made in the past year, taking him to Saudi Arabia and teaching alongside some of the best in the business at KAUST school!

Jorge is an intelligent, thoughtful and articulate educator and he really brings his A-game in this episode, sharing more knowledge bombs and insights into his PE setup. We dive deep into the cultural shift he has experienced and how he has had to build relationships fresh from the ground with the help of 'positive discipline' techniques. We also dive into the social and emotional aspects he has brought to his PE classroom as well and hash it out over a variety of pressing issues.

You don't want to miss this one, so I'll see you Under the Umbrella!

Feb 15, 2019

Welcome to episode 119 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today for this episode is gymnastics consultant and PE teacher Nikki Linsdell as we look to further break down the barriers to primary gymnastics and build upon the discussion I had with Gemma Coles in episode 117!

In this episode, Nikki breaks down exactly what gymnastics should look like across the primary age range and shares with her tools for planning whole units/single lessons. In addition to this, we talk about the importance of having gymnastics as a staple to any PE curriculum and how we can still deliver high-quality gymnastics regardless of space/equipment available to us.

Of course, we have the show favourite questions as we talk about Nikki's worst ever lesson and share her all-time favourite warm-up activity.

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Jan 25, 2019

Welcome to episode 118 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is primary school headteacher Ian Holmes.

During this episode, we talk about how Ian utilises Physical Activity as a driver for his school ethos to make a difference to the physical and mental health of his children. We discuss the barriers he has overcome, how he has spent the PE budget and what plans he has for the school going forward. Ultimately, Ian is a remarkable example of a forward-thinking headteacher who is looking at the bigger picture, and one who has successfully integrated physical activity and quality PE into the lives of the children of his school!

Not only that, but he even takes the time to talk us through his worst ever lesson, top class management tip and favourite warm up!

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Jan 11, 2019

Happy 2019, and welcome to episode 117 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella today for this episode is Gymnastics superstar Gemma Coles. During this episode, we unpick primary Gymnastics and talk over issues relating to lack of confidence amongst teachers to small spaces to what we should ACTUALLY be teaching!

If you want some actionable advice and ideas to take away that you can implement, then this is your one stop shop! Gemma shares activity ideas, modifications and a breakdown of what a gymnastics lesson should look like for you!

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Nov 25, 2018

Welcome to episode 116 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella today are two of the finest PE minds in Yorkshire right now, boasting a wealth of experience and knowledge in Primary PE. They are Niall O'Brien and Dan Wilson!

During this episode we discuss the role and importance of Health & Wellbeing in schools today, and if it is given high enough priority over other areas. We also dive into what things we can do to have the greatest impact on the trajectory of a school and how it utilises PE as part of its ethos. In addition to this, we talk about healthy competition & preparing children for life!

Not only that, but we have the usual show favourites to sink our teeth into as well...

- Their top, class management tip

- The worst lesson they have ever taught/seen

- Their favourite warm-up activity EVER!

- Their biggest learning curve this past year

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Oct 28, 2018

Welcome to episode 115 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is elementary school PE teacher of 36 years and soccer coach, Mr Jim Harte!

Through a career spanning over 3 decades, it's fair to say that Jim has seen it all and with that comes a wealth of experience to draw upon. The greatest strength of Jim, in my opinion, is his willingness to innovate and continually reinvent himself as a teacher, pushing his teaching pedagogy and ideas to this day.

During this episode, we talk about the changes to education that Jim has witnessed, as well as some huge creative successes that he has brought to the PE program at his school! Not only that, but we have the usual show favourites to sink our teeth into as well...

- His top, class management tip

- The worst/best lesson he ever taught

- His favourite warm-up activity EVER!

- His biggest learning curve this past year

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Oct 23, 2018

Welcome to episode 114 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is football coach and PE teacher working at Leicester City for the Premier League Primary Stars scheme, Ryan Bromyard!

During this episode, we talk about the advantages of having a coaching background before undertaking a role teaching PE, as well as the differences and how Ryan has overcome those barriers. We also dive into a discussion about his own teaching traits and how they are helping inspire the next generation of children to stay active! Not only that, but we have the usual show favourites to sink our teeth into as well...

- His top, class management tip

- The worst/best lesson he ever taught

- His favourite warm-up activity EVER!

- His biggest learning curve this past year

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Oct 10, 2018

Welcome to episode 113 of The PE Umbrella podcast! This week I am fired up to bring you yet another awesome resource activity, PLUS my warm-up of the week, a last-minute inclusion into today's show!

SHHHH! Don't wake the bears is a unique twist on the old classic 'Rob the Nest' and seeks to fully engage the students in some wonderful learning. Best suited to EYFS/KS1 age groups, your students will be rehearsing their agility, stability and object manipulation skills as they take food from the forest...Just be careful though, the bears won't be happy!

As you listen along you'll learn:

- how to set the activity up

- which umbrellas you can focus on

- how to build up the layers

To assist you in your listening, head over to www.peumbrella.com and pick up the FREE accompanying PDF of 'SHHHH! Don't wake the bears' from the show notes page or the activities section of the site! So what are you waiting for? Come on over, and join me under The PE Umbrella!

Oct 3, 2018

Welcome to episode 112 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella today is senior lecturer from Sheffield Hallam University, Sarah Williams!

Originally from New Zealand, Sarah spent her early years teaching as a classroom teacher before becoming a primary PE specialist and then onto her current role.

During this episode, we dig into Sarah's teaching past and discover her joy for teaching and how we believe primary PE should be structured.

We also discuss plenty of the show favourites to bring you some real PE knowledge bombs.

- Her top class management tip

- The worst/best lesson she ever taught

- Her favourite warm up activity EVER!

- What we should be teaching in Early Years PE

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

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