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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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Aug 9, 2020

Welcome to episode 172 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined for a record 4th time by the legend that is Ryan Forwood for this special edition in which we chat about ALL things Sport Education! 

As a teaching model, I've enjoyed some success using it over the past few years but much of my learning, ideas and understanding has come from Ryan, the resources he's shared and the reading he has recommended.

In this episode, we break it all down with the following questions and more...

- What is Sport Education?

- What is lesson zero?

- What sports can we use?

- Why should we give it a try?

- Can anybody deliver a Sport Education season?

- Gymnastics as a Sport Education season!?

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Aug 2, 2020

Welcome to episode 171 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Primary School PE teacher Tom Feighan. I had the pleasure of hearing Tom speak earlier this year at the Dream Big Sports Conference, in which he shared the incredible work that he and his school have done with the Primary School PE & Sport Premium and I knew immediately I wanted to speak with him on the podcast.

On this episode, we chat about ALL things PE and how things have been going for Tom through the Covid-19 pandemic. He tells us about his expectations and preparations for returning to school and how he things the PE landscape may change. Of course, we also take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out knowledge bombs from Tom and his hands-on experience teaching Primary PE. This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

ALL of that and SO much more as Tom shares some tremendous advice that you can try for yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jul 26, 2020

Welcome to episode 170 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by PhysEd teacher and Host of the coach Pat Chat Podcast, Patrick Hughes. On this episode, we chat about ALL things PE, and take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out knowledge bombs from Patrick and his experience teaching internationally. This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

ALL of that and SO much more as Patrick brings the knowledge bombs just for you! So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jul 19, 2020

Welcome to episode 169 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I had the pleasure of welcoming two wonderful guests to the show in running mogul and former teacher Martin Yelling & now repeat guest Victoria Randall! On this episode we talk about Stormbreak and mentally healthy movement, exploring the place that movement has in nurturing positive mental health in our children and ourselves. Amongst other things we explore:

- The impact of Covid-19 on activity levels of our youngsters

- How movement contributes to improving mental health What is 'Mentally Healthy' Movement?

We really dig deep in this episode and explore all that 'Stormbreak' is and hopes to be. Physical Education, Physical Activity and Movement have never been more important than they are right now and there are many questions answered and rabbit holes explored!

What are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jul 12, 2020

Welcome to episode 168 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by the director of Primary Sports UK and the hugely popular Healthy Futures Tom Leeming.

On this episode, we chat about ALL things PE, and take a trip down the regular show questions as we seek out actionable advice and tips for you to use in your own PE setting. This includes:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

- What was your most successful lesson and why?

On top of that, we dive into the online course world as we talk about Healthy Futures. From its creation to future aspirations and the next edition of the free magazine, come and find out about this new CPD opportunity and how it could benefit you!

What are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jul 5, 2020

Welcome to episode 167 of The PE Umbrella Podcast! This week I am joined by Primary School PE specialist Ben Kirk.

On this episode, we chat about ALL things PE, and take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out knowledge bombs from Ben and his experience teaching both secondary and Primary PE. This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

ALL of that and SO much more as Ben brings shares some cracking advice for you. So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jun 28, 2020

Welcome to episode 166 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by former assistant head, head of PE and now Early Years course leader at Leeds Beckett University, Kate Bancroft.

On this episode, we begin by exploring Kate's PE teaching past as she shares her answers to the show favourite questions:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

We then take a trip into Kate's recent research project as we discuss the experiences of transgender children in PE & sport. Kate shares her research findings and the implications it has for us as practitioners. It also gave me the opportunity to reflect on having a transgender student in my year 5 class and the challenges that were presented.

One thing is for sure, there is plenty of food for thought here... So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jun 20, 2020

Welcome to episode 165 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Primary PE teacher at a SEND school Evelyn Roberts. Evelyn was born with Cerebral Palsy, a condition that impacts her muscles, in particular making it difficult for her to walk. In this episode, Evelyn takes us on a journey through her negative childhood experiences of PE into ultimately playing professional sport and now teaching PE herself. She opens up about her struggles and successes and ultimately how her condition positively impacts on all of the students she teaches. Not only were my eyes opened further, but I was truly inspired.

As well as that, we also take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out knowledge bombs from Evelyn, particularly centred around her role working in a SEND school. This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jun 14, 2020

Welcome to episode 164 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Primary PE, health and wellbeing advisor Karen Breen On this episode we chat about ALL things PE, and take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out stories and experience from across Karen's career that are applicable to you and your PE lessons. This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

ALL of that and SO much more as we venture down PE shaped rabbit holes to talk about the subject we love so much! So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Jun 7, 2020

Welcome to episode 163 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Early Childhood Movement consultant Helen Battelley.

On this episode, we chat about ALL things PE, movement and music in the early years setting and beyond. There is no doubting the importance of 'getting it right' in the early years in order to cement positive attitudes mentally towards Physical Activity and prepare the body physically for a life long love of movement.

During this episode, we talk about WHY it is so critical to get it right in EYFS and the potential consequences if we do not. Helen then tells us what we CAN DO to make sure we do get it right and throws so many knowledge bombs you can take away that you'll probably have to listen to the episode twice! We dive into lots of rabbit holes of interesting discussion backed by research and I'm certain there's plenty for you to think about no matter the age group you teach!

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

May 31, 2020

Welcome to episode 162 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Primary PE consultant Steve Busby. On this episode we chat about ALL things PE, and take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out knowledge bombs from Steve and his many years experience teaching Primary PE. This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- Why is EYFS Critical?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

ALL of that and SO much more as Steve really brings his A-game to the show. Not to mention the odd rant cannon from me thrown in there for good measure too! So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

May 24, 2020

Welcome to episode 161 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by coach for the Ebor Academy Trust Steven Jeff. On this episode, we chat about ALL things PE, and take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out knowledge bombs from Steven and his experience teaching Primary PE. This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- Describe yourself as a teacher in 3 words?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

ALL of that and SO much more as Steven shares some real pearls of wisdom! So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

May 17, 2020

Welcome to episode 160 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by co-founder of Yoginis Yoga Susan Hartley. On this episode we simply chat about ALL things Yoga, Wellbeing and Mindfulness in relation to primary school children. You could argue, with the current circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, that never has the physical and mental wellbeing of our children been more important, and this presents us a unique opportunity going forward. In a way, our hands are being forced to make changes during and (hopefully) off the back of this.

During this episode we talk about the great benefits of yoga, stretching beyond the physical and how these can be easily intertwined with a school day. We also learn what a stand-alone yoga session might look like in a Primary School and how we might engage those reluctant learners.

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

May 10, 2020

Welcome to episode 159 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am delighted to be joined for a second time on the show by Rachel Ford. On this episode, we simply chat about ALL things PE, with a particular focus on the power of a theme/story to hook children into their learning.

Having recently been through a 3-month lockdown in China, we then discuss the first 2 weeks back teaching face to face and what this has meant for Rachel. How have things changed? What has surprised her? How has she adapted?

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

May 3, 2020

Welcome to episode 158 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Teacher and founder of Motion Dance Initiative Jessica Livock. On this episode, we simply chat about ALL things Dance in relation to primary PE and the wider reach it can have around a school. We dive into the past experiences Jess has faced in teaching, her favourite dance warm-up activities and how a typical unit of work would be structured for dance, contrasting KS1 & KS2 expectations.

Not only this, but we share top tips throughout for winning over those reluctant learners, including dance in creative ways throughout the curriculum and so much more!

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Apr 26, 2020

Welcome to episode 157 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined for a second stint on the show by Elementary PE teacher Cliff Roop. On this episode, we squeeze in questions that we simply couldn't fit in first time around to understand better how Cliff works and thinks. We then jump in and focus on the importance of team building and cooperative type activities and units to set your students up for success in the coming year and build solid foundations. Cliff shares his recent success in using my 'crack the codes' activity and details the modifications and learning that both he and his students got from it. Not to mention the several rabbit holes and tangents we venture down, this makes for a fascinating listen and brings the PE knowledge bombs...

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Apr 19, 2020

Welcome to episode 156 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by former England, Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls Women's Rugby League player, Lois Forsell.

On this episode, we chat about Lois' journey from a PE loving young girl into an elite athlete playing at the very highest level. We discuss environmental and psychological factors that contributed to the journey that Lois went on leading to her representing her country. I also dive into the early experiences of PE that Lois had, and how this shaped/contributed towards her career trajectory. We also enjoyed chatting about the peer/social pressures that can negatively impact on girls enjoyment/willingness to continue being physically active/sporty and what Lois saw of this herself, particularly through her high school years. It all provides some fascinating insights into what it takes to make it to the top.

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella.

Apr 12, 2020

Welcome to episode 155 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Primary PE consultant Owen Denovan.

On this episode we simply chat about ALL things PE, and take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out knowledge bombs from Owen and his many years of experience teaching Primary PE. This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- Describe yourself as a teacher in 3 words?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What was your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

ALL of that and SO much more as Owen brings YOU the knowledge bombs that you seek! So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Apr 5, 2020

Welcome to episode 154 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by PE teacher from across the pond in Canada, Mr Dan Vigliatore! On this episode we simply chat about ALL things PE, and take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out knowledge bombs from Dan and his many years of experience teaching Primary/Elementary PE. This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

ALL of that and SO much more as Dan brings YOU the knowledge bombs that you seek!

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Mar 29, 2020

Welcome to episode 153 of The PE Umbrella Podcast! This week I am joined by ex Primary School Teacher, PE Lead and founder of Burn2Learn Alex Ogden.

On this episode, we take a trip down memory lane and chat about ALL things PE from his time leading the subject. We find out what his favourite warm-up activity is, which PE misconceptions he would banish forever and what he considered to be his worst ever PE lesson! Not only that, we then talk about all things Physically Active Learning (PAL) and how his concept of 'Burn2Learn' came to be. From its conception to the amazing impact on students across the country we find out all about Burn2Learn and how it can create a path for greater success at your school!

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Mar 22, 2020

Welcome to episode 152 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by PE teacher, lead and now 3 times PE Umbrella guest Ryan Forwood!

With the current worldwide Covid-19 pandemic causing grief, panic and heartache around the world and closures to many businesses and now schools, a hot topic amongst PE educators this week is what exactly will PE at home look like in the coming weeks and months.

During this episode, Ryan and I talk through some useful resources and ideas we have seen and try to understand what PE in the home might/could or should look like in these testing times as well as some barriers that we may face.

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Mar 15, 2020

Welcome to episode 151 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by PE teacher Tim Mills. On this episode, we simply chat about ALL things PE with the show favourites followed by a focus on inclusion and creating positive experiences for children with SEND.

This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

- What is your all time favourite warm-up game?

- What barriers/issues do teachers often have when it comes to including SEND children in PE?

ALL of that plus SO much more!

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Mar 8, 2020

Welcome to episode 150 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by the fountain of knowledge on ALL things Physically Active Learning and mastermind behind the development of the Creating Active Schools Framework, Andy Daly-Smith.

On this episode, we chat all about the Creating Active Schools Framework. From the creation of the framework, the underlying reason behind it, the benefits it can have and the impact it's already having, we talk about why YOU need to consider giving this a serious look over for your school, no matter where you work!

So what are you waiting for? Grab that note pad and jump under the umbrella with us! Join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella or use the hashtag #CASframework

Mar 1, 2020

Welcome to episode 149 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by superstar teacher of Primary School PE, Stuart McKenzie. On this episode we simply chat about ALL things PE, and take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out knowledge bombs from Stuart and his experience teaching Primary PE. This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished to room 101?

- How would you describe yourself as a teacher in 3 words

- What is your worst ever PE lesson and what did you learn from it?

ALL of that and SO much more as we venture down a few rabbit holes along the way!

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Feb 16, 2020

Welcome to episode 148 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by co-founder of the revolutionary fitness tracker Moki, James Huggins. On this episode, we talk about Moki and the journey it has taken into the education sector. We dive into a recent study and the implications from this on what is next for Moki. Most importantly, we discuss how Moki could have a huge role to play in the direction your school take to try and get more children moving more often, linking it with the recent Creating Active Schools Framework.

So what are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

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