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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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Jan 17, 2021

Welcome to episode 190 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by PE, Physical Activity & Forest School leader Niall O'Brien. On this episode, we dive deep into Primary PESSPA and uncover the incredible work that Niall is doing at his school.

Talking points include:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- Success story/most inspiring moment as a teacher?

- A PE Resource you couldn't live without?

- Tell us about your school Active Enrichment offer?

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

All of this and many more tangents as Niall and I put the PE world to rights!

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

Jan 10, 2021

Welcome to episode 189 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by PE teachers in Singapore, Greg Thurlow & Lachlan Mclellan. On this episode, we chat about ALL things Primary PE to give you tips, advice and actionable points to takeaway!

Talking points include:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- One resource they both couldn't live without?

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

All of this and many more side conversations, you simply can't afford to miss 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!

Dec 13, 2020

Welcome to episode 188 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by PE instructor Paul Showell.

On this episode, we chat about ALL things Primary PE to give you tips, advice and actionable points to takeaway! Talking points include:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- How important is your School Sport Offering?

- How do you manage competition?

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

All of this and many more side conversations, you simply can't afford to miss 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!

Dec 6, 2020

Welcome to episode 187 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Sports Champion & PE Teacher Lee Molland.

On this episode, we chat about ALL things Primary PE to give you tips, advice and actionable points to takeaway! Talking points include:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is your favourite PE resource?

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

All of this and so many more side conversations, you simply can't afford to miss 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!

Nov 29, 2020

Welcome to episode 186 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by the head of PE in a SEND school, Simon Roadley. On this episode, we chat about ALL things Primary PE, with a particular focus around inclusion and teaching students with SEND.

Talking points include:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- Teaching tips/advice if we have students with SEND in our class?

- Strategies and activities for inclusion

- 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!

Nov 22, 2020

Welcome to episode 185 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by two experienced PE consultants in the shape of Paul Quinn and Steve Waide. From holding roles in secondary PE through to working for The FA PE Unit, Paul & Steve now work day to day for Beyond the Physical, helping Schools, Universities and SCITT's enhance their PE offering.

On this episode, we chat about ALL things Primary PE, and the philosophy that both Paul & Steve hold with regards to Primary PE. Understanding that PE is central to the development of the whole child, it was fascinating to hear the passion and expertise of both Paul and Steve, and how they are hoping to push the boundaries for what we expect/accept in PE at primary level.

Talking points include:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- How do we factor in developing the whole child?

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

ALL of that and SO much more as both Paul and Steve keep the conversation bouncing along with ideas, insights and reflections!

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

Nov 15, 2020

Welcome to episode 184 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by former teacher & founder of The Primary PE Cook Book Mark Carter.

On this episode we chat about ALL things Primary PE, and what exactly makes Mark tick. As an experienced teacher and coach, Mark started the incredible Twitter account 'The Primary PE Cook Book' from which he produces and curates incredible threads of ideas and top tips for anybody working in the PE field. I for one am always looking out for his posts as sources of inspiration and ideas!

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What misconceptions about our subject should be banished?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

- What is the secret sauce to your own lessons?

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

- What is your favourite PE resource?

- Can you give us any small space teaching tips?

ALL of that and SO much more as Mark and I travel down the usual rabbit holes on our PE conversation!

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

Nov 8, 2020

Welcome to episode 183 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Primary dance specialist Louise Jaggard & Creative dance specialist Jo Cone. On this episode we chat about ALL things dance in a primary PE setting and why now, with the Covid restrictions, is the perfect time to salsa out of your comfort zone and give teaching dance a go.

After getting to know Louise and Jo better and finding out about their background and what currently excites them in the world of dance teaching, we learn about the holistic benefits that teaching dance promotes to all children and how any teacher is in a strong position to deliver exciting sessions if they are willing to give it a go!

I pick their brains for their favourite warm-up dance activities, ask what a dance lesson 'should' look like and how we can deliver a session following social distancing guidelines.

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

Nov 1, 2020

Welcome to episode 182 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by specialist Primary PE teacher Victoria Bull.

On this episode, we chat about ALL things Primary PE, and take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out knowledge bombs from Victoria as we reflect on her journey into and then through teaching to her current role now. 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?

- What is your favourite PE unit to teach and why?

ALL of that and SO much more as Victoria and I travel down a couple of rabbit holes 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!

Oct 25, 2020

Welcome to episode 181 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Sports Broadcaster, Journalist and Presenter Jacqui Oatley. During this episode, we dive into the recent concerns that Jacqui has expressed over social media regarding PE in our children's primary schools.

Not only do we talk about how she entered this space, I seek to unpick some of the findings her questions have uncovered and the implications this may have in the PE sector moving forward. It was pleasing to chat so freely with Jacqui around the wider reach of PE too, and recognising the holistic benefits that a well planned and delivered curriculum can nurture.

In and amongst all of our PE discussion, I also had the opportunity to travel back in time and ask Jacqui about her journey into the world of sport, her own experiences and memories of PE and what has shaped her career trajectory.

This is an interview that you simply can not afford to miss!

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

Oct 18, 2020

Welcome to episode 180 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am kicking off the first of what will hopefully be many 'Bite-Sized Knowledge Bombs' episodes in which I throw out an idea for you to mull over, consider, action or dismiss completely!

The first of these episodes has a focus on 'The Power of Simplicity'

What are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella with your #teachlikeyoutweet challenge!

Oct 11, 2020

Welcome to episode 179 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by former guests Jorge Rodriguez, Andy Vasily & Zack Smith as we form a roundtable discussion centred on this statement:

"The pedagogy behind creating meaningful experiences in PE"

With no script and plenty of experience between the guests, it went as expected. Pure fire!

I found myself taking notes aplenty and jumping in where possible as we particularly focused on what is suggested by 'meaningful' experiences before highlighting pedagogical approaches/strategies that can contribute to achieving this.

If you have your note pad ready, maybe go and grab a second one! What are you waiting for? Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella.

Oct 4, 2020

Welcome to episode 178 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Trainer, Author & Speaker Mark Collard. When it comes to speaking about the power of Play & building connection as a means to amplify learning in students there really is nobody better.

Come and join us as we explore concepts around the importance of Play and building connections between our students and ourselves, as well as actionable tips and advice on how to go about doing this!

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

Sep 27, 2020

Welcome to episode 177 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined for part 2 of my interview with special ed PE teacher, YST inclusion lead and GB age group athlete Rachel Bown.

In part 2, we explore Rachel's life in more detail, from her early PE experiences to her early career into teaching and her battle with her brain tumour 'Tooties'. This episode is as much a chat about mindset, character, resilience and positivity as it is about PE and I can't wait for you to listen!

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

Sep 20, 2020

Welcome to episode 176 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by special ed PE teacher, YST inclusion lead and GB age group athlete Rachel Bown.

For part 1 of my interview with Rachel, we stick with a discussion about ALL things PE, and take a trip down the regular show questions, seeking to draw out knowledge bombs from Rachel as we reflect on over 20 years of teaching experience. This means you can expect answers to questions such as:

- What currently excites you about PE?

- What is your ideal PE lesson recipe?

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

- Differentiation

ALL of that and SO much more as Rachel brings her A-game to the show. As for what's next, this is only the tip of the iceberg in the grander scheme of things and I'm certain you will be blown away by part 2!

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

Sep 14, 2020

Welcome to episode 175 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am delighted to tell you all about The PE Umbrella Library and the incredible downloadable content that will change the game for you and your PE teaching!

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

Aug 22, 2020

Welcome to episode 174 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by a Primary PE specialist with over 17 years experience, Brendan Rouse. 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 Brendan as we reflect on the highs and lows of his 17 years working across the primary age range.

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 has been a stand out career highlight for you and how did it impact you?

- Coaches in PE?

- 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 Brendan brings the Primary PE fire! 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 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!

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