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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 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 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!

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.

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