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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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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.

Sep 26, 2018

Welcome to episode 111 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Primary PE teacher, straight out of Yorkshire, Gareth Jones. Doing wonderful things just down the road from me in York, Gareth works alongside 21 schools to improve their offering of PE provision and is making a real difference. During this episode, we reminisce about our classroom teaching roles, the current state of primary PE and where we think it needs to head. Not only that but we dive into the show favourites as Gareth talks about:

- His top, class management tip

- The worst/best lesson he ever taught

- His favourite warm-up activity EVER!

So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella for some Primary PE knowledge bombs!

Sep 20, 2018

Welcome to episode 110 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

This week I am excited to bring you TWO more awesome PE games to try out with your class! Lasting the test of time and first used over a decade ago, these activities are a must to have in the locker when teaching dribbling skills to your class. Heaps of fun with lots of practical teaching covering the 4 umbrellas, what's not to love about them?

Having used them successfully in KS1 and KS2 it's safe to say they will be an enormous hit! To assist you in your listening, head over to www.peumbrella.com and pick up the FREE accompanying PDF of The Lion King and Sharks & Lifeguards. You can pick it up on the show page for this episode and also on the activities page of free resources!

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

Sep 13, 2018

Welcome to episode 109 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

This week I am excited to bring you another lovely activity and accompanying PDF to use with your students called Mix Your Palette! Versatile and heaps of fun, your students will love working on their throwing accuracy and competing head to head with each other to be the first to mix their colours. Want less competition? Don't worry, students can play cooperatively to build their palette and choose their own level of difficulty!

With links to all four Umbrellas, this will give you plenty to discuss and is a delightful way to continue building the PE Umbrellas of your students whether they're in EYFS, KS1 or KS2!

To assist you in your listening, head over to www.peumbrella.com and pick up the FREE accompanying PDF of Mix Your Palette 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!

Aug 24, 2018

Welcome to episode 108 of The PE Umbrella Podcast and another superb episode as I interview assistant producer for BBC Learning Michael Farnell.

This episode seeks to unpick the ins and outs of the wonderful Super Movers Initiative launched by the BBC and English Premier League, seeking to get children moving more in their school day. Michael talks about what the 'initiative' actually is and shares WHY it was even launched. We then talk about success stories from the initiative so far and how as busy teachers we can find time to fit it into our school day to gain maximum benefit!

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

Aug 2, 2018

Welcome to episode 107 of The PE Umbrella Podcast and another awesome interview episode with Mr Dan Fallon.

Dan is a movement specialist coach and ex-member of the royal navy. So when it comes to functional movements he really knows his stuff! In this episode, we dive into the obesity crisis in our Primary Schools and discuss how 'Lifelong' functional movements should and could become a greater staple in the school day of all children.

What is a 'Lifelong' Movement?

What does it mean? What age can they start?

What benefit would the children get?

All of this and so much more in this episode! So what are you waiting for? Come and join us Under the Umbrella!

Jul 23, 2018

Welcome to episode 106 of The PE Umbrella Podcast and part two of my interview with Stuart Owen.

This week we continue our quality conversation and turn our attention to Sport Diddy and skill acquisition in children. We talk about nature vs nurture and decide whether ANYBODY can truly master a SKILL. Through this discussion, we elaborate on the 3 stages of skill acquisition and the importance of Stuarts ten golden rules as a means to promote the best possible environment to learn. Underpinning all of this, we make strong links as to how this would look in the Primary PE classroom and highlight areas in which there are clear opportunities for crossover.

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

Jul 16, 2018

Welcome to episode 105 of The PE Umbrella Podcast.

In this episode, I am fired up to welcome a good friend and outstanding teacher/coach to the show, Stuart Owen. During part 1 of this podcast, we delve in deep about all things PE, drawing upon the years of teaching and coaching experience that Stuart possesses. These topics include:

- The power of observation

- Optimum learning environments

- Top warm-up activities

- Is Primary PE good enough, What should our focus be?

- Motivation

- What does secondary school ready look like in PE?

Trust me when I say this episode really is filled with some amazing ideas, philosophy and discussion going both ways, you absolutely need your notepad and pen ready! So What are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Jul 3, 2018

Welcome to episode 104 of The PE Umbrella Podcast.

In this episode I am delighted to welcome an all star PE teacher from across the world in New Zealand to the show, Mr Carl Condliffe.

During this episode we unpick some of the show favourite questions, sharing his top warm up and his worst moments. We then dive into areas of his speciality and discuss flipped learning and gamification, elaborating on the benefits/pitfalls it may bring to a primary PE classroom.

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

Jun 19, 2018

Welcome to episode 103 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is PhysEd teacher Tanner Roos!

During this episode, we discuss...

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

- How Tanner would best describe himself as a teacher

- What could I expect as a student in a Mr Roos PE lesson

- The worst lessons that Tanner 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!

Jun 10, 2018

Welcome to episode 102 of The PE Umbrella Podcast.

I am delighted to welcome my first 3peat guest to the show this week, a cracker of a PE teacher and an all-round great guy, Andy Hair!

During this episode we catch up on all things Aussie Physed, finding out about the game changing initiatives that Andy has recently brought to his school, including his Movement Based Hallways and Check-In floor markings! Not only that, we both share some incredibly exciting news about a future project that myself and Andy will be teaming up on together! Watch this space...

Note pads ready folks! Knowledge bombs incoming. Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Jun 2, 2018

Welcome to episode 101 of The PE Umbrella Podcast. As we embark on the post 100 leg of The PE Umbrella journey I am delighted to welcome Craig Harrison to the show for episode 101! During this episode we dive deep into the psychological aspect of physical activity in younger children. The cornerstone of our discussion is centred around confidence and how we can hope to foster this as a desirable trait in our students. We also chat about the role of parenting and if there are pitfalls of over praising as a parent, perhaps we're setting our children up to fail? All in all, this is another belter of an episode that I'm certain you'll take plenty away from! What are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

May 27, 2018

Welcome and prepare yourself for episode 100 of The PE Umbrella Podcast.

I had to mark the occasion with an ALL STAR guest, and the one I chose certainly does not disappoint. In this very special episode I am joined by Dale Sidebottom as we converse all things Physed, Books, Ice Breakers and Moving to Learn! During this episode Dale really brings the ENERGY to the show and I feel there was a mutual connection between our outlook and perspective on teaching. He shares some great stories from his teaching days, why moving and learning is so important and a load of actionable activities and games that you can take away...We even played a podcast icebreaker of my own during the show! All in all, this is one cracker jack of an episode that I don't want you to miss out on!

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

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!

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