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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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May 14, 2018

Welcome to episode 99 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

This week I am excited to bring you a truly wonderful Orienteering and Team building activity that will be a huge hit with your students! A twitter poll confirmed you wanted to hear more resources so here we are, this is the perfect start of year activity allowing students to work with others and solve problems. With an emphasis on the Green Umbrella (cognitive) and Red Umbrella (social) it is a corner stone for developing life skills that will put them in good stead for their life in and out of school!

To assist you in your listening, head over to www.peumbrella.com and pick up the FREE accompanying PDF of Cone Orienteering on the resources page as well as the Umbrella reflection tool also mentioned in this episode!

So what are you waiting for? Come on over, and join me under The PE Umbrella!

May 1, 2018

Welcome to episode 98 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is PE teacher Dave Carney.

During this episode, we talk about some of the setbacks of delivering Physical Education to groups sometimes upwards of 100 students. Of course, Dave shares his top tips and solutions for how he still delivers a quality PE curriculum with the resources at his disposal. All of the show favourites are here...Dave's worst ever lesson, his top warm up game and class management tips. We even Segway into some co-operative learning and jigsaw discussion!

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

Apr 23, 2018

Welcome to episode 97 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is EYFS PE teacher Zack Smith. During this episode, we centre our discussion around delivering Physical Education to students 3, 4 or 5 years of age and how we can best set them up for a journey of lifelong physical activity!

Intertwined into this detailed and insightful discussion, we delve into the show favourites and ask Zack about his worst ever lesson, how he would describe himself as a teacher and what his favourite Insta/warm up activities are. As you can see by the length of this episode, it really is packed with a wealth of awesome advice and information as we discuss strategies, activities and books that Zack has found useful during his teaching!

So get that note pad at the ready! Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Apr 16, 2018

Welcome to episode 96 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Neila Steele, a real superstar in education, mindfulness and PE.

During this episode, we discuss the importance of taking time for yourself, ensuring you are in the best place both mentally and physically to teach your students. We also dive into the benefits of bringing mindfulness to the classroom, how we can do it and how it impacts positively on our students. Finally we delve into the world of visualisation, and how as a tool, it can help our children and students succeed. Can we instill it into all of our students?

This episode was a real beauty to record and I love the unstructured nature of our conversation. Just two people with aligning views, conversing over some hot topics in the world of education today! What are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Apr 8, 2018

Welcome to episode 95 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Primary PE Co-ordinator, Andrew Gregory. During this episode, we discuss...

- His aims for his school as a PE co-ordinator

- How Andrew would best describe himself as a teacher.

- What could I expect as a student in Andrews class?

- The worst lessons that Andrew has ever taught and what he learned from it.

- Favourite warm up activity.

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

Mar 11, 2018

Hello and Welcome to The PE Umbrella Podcast Episode 94.

In this episode, I take you on a journey about Play, and why it holds huge significance in the education of our children and our own lives. During the episode, I explore exactly what we mean by 'play'. Why it is so useful for our development and share with you 8 play personalities, which, if understood, may unlock your potential to live a more playful life!

So what are you waiting for? Come and join me Under the PE Umbrella!

Mar 3, 2018

Hello and Welcome to The PE Umbrella Podcast Episode 93!

In this episode, I bring you my deep thoughts on a book I recently read titled 'The Power of Moments'. Sometimes when you read a book, it just clicks. The way it translates to the education sector is seamless and in my opinion a must read. Everybody in the world has a series of defining moments in their life, and the great thing is, we can be the author of these ourselves...We don't just have to let them happen to us! I explore how we, as teachers, can create 'defining moments' for the children we teach so to leave the greatest legacy. I discuss the Peak-End rule and the four Pillars that can contribute to creating a 'peak/defining' moment and how you should consider doing so in the classes you teach!

So what are you waiting for? Come and join me Under the PE Umbrella!

Jan 7, 2018

Hello and Welcome to The PE Umbrella Podcast Episode 92!

In this episode, I bring you a collection of my top 15 warm ups, as shared by the amazing guests of the podcast. Selecting only 15 wasn't easy but I'm sure you'll agree there is a great variety here and the featured guests all have an interesting take on what their favourite ever warm ups are. I'm certain you can pick some great actionable ones to use yourself this week, month or year ahead!

If you missed the full interviews with any of these guests first time round then be sure to head back and listen to all of their amazing content by scrolling through iTunes or visiting www.peumbrella.com.

So what are you waiting for? Come and join me Under the PE Umbrella!

Jan 1, 2018

Welcome to episode 91 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Aussie Physed legend and now repeat guest of the show, Andy Hair! During this episode, we discuss...

- What inspired Andy to become a PE teacher.

- What could I expect as a student in Andy's class?

- The best/worst lessons that Andy has ever taught.

-What units he has enjoyed teaching this year that we can try ourselves.

There were so many golden nuggets from Andy in this episode he could write a bestselling book so you really don't want to miss the discussions we had! What are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Dec 17, 2017

Welcome to episode 90 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is another Aussie Physed rockstar who is always providing great value in the online space, Christina Polatajko. During this episode, we discuss...

- What inspired Christina to become a PE teacher.

- What has Christina fired up in the world of PE right now.

- What could I expect as a student in Christina's class?

- The best/worst lessons that Christina has ever taught.

- Favourite warm up/insta activity.

- Top class management tips.

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella for some Aussie Physed Knowledge Bombs!

Dec 10, 2017

Welcome to episode 89 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today for his second stint on the show is Physical Education teacher and technology rockstar Adam Llevo. During this episode, we discuss...

- What inspired Adam to become a PE teacher

- What PE looked like during his days as a student

- What constraints impact on the quality of Primary School PE. How we overcome them?

- The best/worst lessons that Adam has ever taught.

- Coaches vs Teachers

If you heard the first episode that Adam joined us (episode 22) then you can expect some more knowledge bombs this time around too! So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella!

Dec 3, 2017

Welcome to episode 88 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Physical Education teacher Dan Popescu. During this episode, we discuss...

- The Best and Worst Lessons Dan has EVER taught!

- How he continues to learn from failure.

- His favourite warm up/instant activities.

On top of this we just have a cracking chat based around all things PE. You're sure to pick up some great nuggets of information to try out with your class this week. So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella!

Oct 8, 2017

Welcome to episode 87 of The PE Umbrella podcast! This week, I bring you some in depth reflection of managing the Pride and Ego of the children you teach as a result of reading the book 'Ego is the Enemy' by Ryan Holiday.

Is too much Positive really a Negative?

What brought me crashing down to Earth when I was 10?

How can you possibly fly 30 kites at once?

Lots of food for thought and an opportunity to share your own experiences awaits. So what are you waiting for, come on over and join me 'Under the Umbrella'

Oct 1, 2017

Welcome to episode 86 of The PE Umbrella podcast! I am delighted to be returning to regular podcast broadcasting this week by easing you into how I kicked off my school year with my new groups. Using an idea picked up from The Physical Educator Joey Feith, I take you briefly through my first lesson of the year and how it's helped me have a more purposeful PE class this year (touch wood!) So what are you waiting for, come on over and join me 'Under the Umbrella'

Aug 28, 2017

Welcome to episode 85 of The PE Umbrella podcast! This week I am delighted to bring you a new game creation of my own, made up using a combination of wonderful existing games. I have always found it pretty hard to 'completely' switch off from 'work mode' and during my recent 3 week holiday, I had the urge to create a new game ready for my return to the Holiday Camps that we run at Sporting Influence. As such, 'Yoda Rescue' or 'Capture the Yoda' was born! I have trialled this game out several times now on my return to the activity camps, tweaking it as I go and in this episode I bring you the most successful version to date. Taking you through step by step, I explain how to set the game up, how to introduce the rules and which progressions to add. To assist you in your listening, head over to www.peumbrella.com and pick up the FREE accompanying PDF of Yoda Rescue. Simply find it on the podcasts page or type 'Yoda' into the search bar and the episode will pop right up.

So what are you waiting for? Come on over, and join me under The PE Umbrella!

Aug 6, 2017

Welcome to episode 84 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella this week are two exceptional practitioners in their field, Bryn Llewellyn, former teacher, deputy head and acting headteacher and now the founder of Tagtiv8 and also Andy Daly-Smith, a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University with a particular focus on physical activity and behaviour science in young children. This episode has a key focus on Physically Active Learning as we share opinions, research and tips on how we can endeavour to make this common practice in our schools. Topics discussed include: - What do we mean by Active Learning (AL), What does it actually look like? - Why is AL important from a physical perspective? - What are the wider benefits of AL? Why should teachers bother? - How does Tagtiv8 provide a pathway to achieving this? - What impact are we seeing from Tagtiv8 and other studies? - What does the wider research into AL say, both in the UK and around the world? - What are the current barriers to AL in our Schools? Can we overcome them? So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella for some in depth Active Learning chatter and advice!

Jul 2, 2017

Welcome to episode 83 of the PE Umbrella Podcast. In this reflection episode, I put the education world to rights about the emphasis it has on 'measurement' and how, in my opinion, all it seems to be achieving is churning out robots at the end of it. Let's drop the measurement and data driven education system and instead look at helping children find their inner genius, develop confidence and work on life skills/knowledge that really matters!

Inspired by Jamie Oliver and his 'Made by Dyslexia' video. Catch it HERE!

Jun 18, 2017

This is episode 82 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Children's Health Educator and former Team GB Olympian Peter Bakare. During this episode, we discuss... - How Peters early PE experiences shaped his career path. - How his experience as an athlete impacted on his subsequent career choices. - Where the most alarming gaps are when it comes to Children's Health Education. - Nutri Troops, what is it and how will it make a difference? So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella!

Jun 11, 2017

This is episode 81 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Evolve Regional Manager and PE co-ordinator, Chris Lincoln. During this episode, we discuss... - How Chris lives what he preaches and serves from a full vessel! - How Evolve are impacting schools across the country. - How Chris had staff signing up to do Tough Mudders! - Where has children's imagination gone? - What I could expect from my first day in Mr Lincolns. - What Chris has learned about himself and the physed profession in the past 6 months. - What his worst experience of teaching PE was and what he learned from it. So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella!

May 29, 2017

This is episode 80 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Middle School Physical Education teacher, and woman of many talents Jessica Shawley. During this episode, we discuss... - How Jessica lives what she preaches and serves from a full vessel! - What I could expect from my first day in Mrs Shawley's Physed class. - What Jessica has learned about herself and the physed profession in the past 6 months. - What her worst experience of teaching PE was and what she learned from it. So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella!

May 20, 2017

Welcome to episode 79 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Middle School Physical Education teacher, Stephanie Sandino. During this episode, we discuss...

- How Stephanie lives what she preaches and serves from a full vessel!

- What I could expect from my first day in Stephanie's Physed class.

- What Stephanie has learned about herself and the physed profession in the past 12 months.

- Why Stephanie fosters the 'Red Rubber ball' outlook and how she helps her students find theirs.

In addition to this, we discuss the show regulars and find out what her top instant activities are and her top class management tips. So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella!

May 13, 2017

Welcome to episode 78 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is K-6 Physical Education teacher, Mike Ginicola. During this episode, we discuss...

- How Mike lives what he preaches and serves from a full vessel!

- What I could expect from my first day in Mike Ginicola's Physed class.

- What Gamification means to Mike and how it benefits his class.

- How he fosters Growth Mindset both personally and in his classroom.

All of this plus all of the show favourites are crammed into this awesome episode! So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella! 

Apr 23, 2017

Welcome to episode 77 of The PE Umbrella podcast! This week I bring you a wonderful resource episode and share with you a game born out of a recent activity camp I worked on...Ellis Ball! Inspired by Joey Feith on his recent appearance on the show, and mentions of 'Calvin Ball', a game with rules that are essentially made up as you go along, I thought I'd give the concept a go myself and the results were awesome! Ellis Ball was born and plenty of fun was had! So if you're approaching your Summer units and want to kick off your striking and fielding unit with a BANG, give this a go! You won't be disappointed. To assist you in your listening, head over to www.peumbrella.com and pick up the FREE accompanying PDF of Ellis Ball. So what are you waiting for? Come on over, and join me under The PE Umbrella!

Apr 15, 2017

Welcome to episode 76 of The PE Umbrella podcast! This week I embark on another reflection episode, mulling over a recent student essay that I read, suggesting that PE shouldn't be mandatory. I share my own opinions on why PE absolutely should be mandatory and challenge some of the 'negative' perceptions that the author has on the subject that I and many others love so much! Be sure to tweet me your thoughts @ryansporting or email me ryanellis.peumbrella@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing what you have got to say! So come on over, and join me under The PE Umbrella!

Apr 2, 2017

Welcome to episode 75 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Physical Education teacher from here in the UK, Kate Tiffen. As a teacher of 17 years, Kate has experienced working on both sides of the fence, both in State schools and Independent school, where she currently teaches. As the first Independent school PhysEd teacher I have had on the show, I was keen to find out 'How the other half live' and if the PhysEd side of things is all it's cracked up to be. During the episode I probe Kate about the value placed on PE as a subject in both sectors and what core differences she sees between the two. Do both provide a high quality Physical Education? Is the curriculum coverage the same? Is Independent PhysEd the pinnacle, or is there still more to be done? All of this as well as the show favourites are discussed during todays show, so come on over, and join us under The PE Umbrella!

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