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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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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!

Feb 9, 2020

Welcome to episode 147 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

This week I am fired up to bring you probably my best resource to date and one that I'm immensely proud of. This 40-page PDF pack provides you with everything you need in order to start and set up your own SportEd unit of work, from team sheets, reflection sheets, team roles and activity cards, it's all here! During this episode, I take you through my SportEd journey with a year 6 class and exactly how each of the accompanying sheets should be used. I'm not here to give you a breakdown of the SportEd pedagogical model, but rather share with you some resources that may inspire you to take the plunge and start your journey!

To assist you in your listening, head over to www.peumbrella.com and pick up the FREE accompanying PDF of this incredible SportEd pack 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!

Feb 9, 2020

Welcome to episode 146 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I talk you through the recent fork in the road presented to me in running and producing the PE Umbrella podcast. I have set up a Patreon account in support of the show and the future direction of the podcast and wanted to fill you all in on the details! Fear not, the show is going nowhere, but I wanted to make you aware of the WHAT, WHY and HOW behind creating my Patreon page and how you may be able to support. If you could take even 1 minute of your time to check the page out I'd be super grateful. www.patreon.com/thepeumbrella

If you'd like to find out more then jump under the umbrella with me!

Feb 1, 2020

Welcome to episode 145 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am podcasting solo and incredibly excited to bring you this reflection episode. Without exaggeration, this week was one of my most favourite few days teaching that I've probably had in at least 2 years, and I'm going to share with you why! It took courage and a realisation that I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone, and I mean REALLY out of my comfort zone. It involved dancing. If you'd like to find out more then jump under the umbrella with me and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella.

Jan 19, 2020

Welcome to episode 144 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Jenna Hope & Yasmin Alexander, founders of The Yoghurt and Juice Network and qualified nutritionists who specialise in nutrition education for children, parents and teachers. As a first for the PE Umbrella podcast, and a deviation on more traditional interviews, this episode centres around the importance and amazing benefits that good nutrition and a high-quality diet plays in wellbeing, cognitive performance, concentration and even behaviour.

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 11, 2020

Welcome to episode 143 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by the superstar of ALL things Moving & Learning, international speaker and co-author of The Kinesthetic Classroom, Mike Kuczala. On this episode, we simply chat about ALL things Moving and Learning and how movement itself is absolutely critical to the teaching and learning process. We dive into some knowledge bombs all about the brain-body connection and how to best prepare it for learning, how to utilise movement breaks and how physically active learning can enhance retention and motivation to learn. Not only that, but Mike shares plenty of actionable tips and strategies that you can take away and try out this week in classroom teaching or PE.

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 29, 2019

Welcome to episode 142 of The PE Umbrella Podcast, and the last episode of this decade!

This week I am bringing you a reflection of the year gone by with some of my most thought-provoking discussions and clips from guests of the show! I urge you to go back and tune in to the full episodes with these guests and every other person who has jumped under the umbrella with me. It's been quite a ride and I can't wait to see you all under the umbrella again in 2020!

Jump under the umbrella with me and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Dec 22, 2019

Welcome to episode 141 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by Nikki Linsdell & Jessica Foster to talk about all things Gymnastics and how the 'Partner School Programme' can reignite and support your curriculum gymnastics provision as well as extracurricular offer. We delve into what the programme is and the support it can offer you as a teacher, coach or PE lead. Nikki & Jessica also share their favourite activities from the programme itself and explain how it caters for the least to the most confident teachers out there!

Gymnastics is always an area that I find teachers and coaches alike 'struggle' with and are more apprehensive about teaching, so if that's the case, this episode is 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!

Dec 15, 2019

Welcome to episode 140 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am podcasting solo and bringing with you a deep reflections episode all about cognitive biases. Having been fascinated with this topic for the past month or so, I took it upon myself to select some cognitive biases that many of us (and our students) will display (whether we think we do or not) and how we can look out for/manage them in our daily lives. I am by no meant an expert in this area, but rather somebody who feels there is value in acknowledging that they exist and the advantage it can be if we understand them more. During this episode I discuss:

- Self-serving bias

- Anchoring bias

- The Ikea Effect/Sunk cost fallacy

- Confirmation Bias

- Bandwagon effect

- Social Loafing

Jump under the umbrella with me and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Dec 8, 2019

Welcome to episode 139 of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

This week I am joined by the CEO for the AfPE, Sue Wilkinson. On this episode, we simply chat about ALL things primary PE and where we currently are on our journey as professionals to continue striving for improvement.

I could go into all of the details here, but that would be spoiling it. Want to know more? Then come and join us!

Jump under the umbrella with us and join in the conversation by tweeting me @thepeumbrella. Note pad ready!

Dec 1, 2019

Welcome to episode 138 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

This week I am fired up to bring you another awesome resource activity, just in time for the festive season starting :D Crack the Codes is a team building, communication-focused activity that is perfect for an OAA unit of work and can be played indoors or out. I have used this activity with students in Year 3 all the way up to adults! It could even be used in KS1 in my honest opinion.

During this episode, I will talk you through the setup of the activity, the layers/progressions & how to make the activity easier or harder. To assist you in your listening, head over to www.peumbrella.com and pick up the FREE accompanying PDF of Crack the Codes from the show notes page or the activities section of the site. This downloadable includes an activity sheet, codes to crack, a key words poster and a reflection sheet.

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

Nov 17, 2019

Welcome to episode 137 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week, all the way from China, is Rachel Ford. Having spent her whole career, since qualifying as a PE teacher, abroad, Rachel has a great depth of experience teaching in different settings and with children ranging from secondary to primary.

This week, we take a deeper look at her recent venture into teaching kindergarten PE and her learning curve throughout this. She shares with us her greatest successes and what she feels are her 3 strongest qualities as a teacher. Not only that, but we delve into the show favourites of class management tips, favourite warm-ups and worst ever lesson!

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

Nov 8, 2019

Welcome to episode 136 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is Primary PE Teacher, Dominic Tollan. Dominic has taught PE for 15 years with secondary PE training and has worked in an ASN (Additional Support Needs) school as part of his journey towards becoming a Primary PE teacher.

During this episode, we jump into the discussion about WHO should be teaching Primary PE? Class teacher? PE Specialist? Coaches? We sift through the pros and cons for all of these! Dominic also describes himself as a teacher in 3 words only and tells us his recipe for a perfect Primary PE Lesson!

Not only that, but he even takes the time to talk us through some show favourites including his top class-management tip, favourite warm-up and the worst lesson that he ever taught!

As always, get that note pad and pen ready... Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Nov 3, 2019

Welcome to episode 135 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is Brianne Turner. Brianne has a background of Primary Teaching and being a PE lead in a primary setting before joining her current role as head of Primary School engagement at Burnley FC in the Community.

During this episode, Brianne describes herself as a teacher in 3 words only, she provides us with a recipe for her perfect Primary PE Lesson and we talk about PE in the Early Years setting!

Not only that, but she even takes the time to talk us through her top class-management tip, her favourite warm-up activity and the worst lesson that she ever taught!

Get that note pad and pen ready for some Primary PE sharing... Come and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Oct 26, 2019

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week for episode 134 is Non-Perfect Dad, Richard Shorter.

As somebody working alongside sports teams to help deliver their culture and environment to nurture their players' character, I knew immediately I had to have Richard on the show. With three children of his own, he knows the trials and tribulations that come along with parenting, but equally, understands what an important job parents play and the impact it can have on their children, particularly from a sporting perspective. As non-perfect Dad, Richard spends his time speaking to parents and large organisations to help them transform their own way of thinking and this is something especially applicable to the Primary classroom and PE setting. After all, other than their parents, children probably spend the next most amount of time with their classroom teachers, upwards of 30 hours a week, meaning our influence and impact is huge, hopefully stretching far beyond the classroom walls.

You will be immediately captivated the second you hear Richard speak, I can promise you that. During the episode, we have many talking points, but the bulk centres around how we, as teachers & parents, can develop character, self-confidence and self-esteem in the children we work with daily. Buckle yourself up for some fascinating, deep conversation! Get that note pad and pen ready.

Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Oct 19, 2019

Welcome to episode 133 of The PE Umbrella podcast!

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is Rich Allman. Rich is THE guy when it comes to Primary PE. I spent a long time working around North Yorkshire and kept hearing his name. "You have to speak with Rich" or "He is the best Primary PE teacher around", were phrases I regularly heard. I simply had to connect with him. Rewind to May 2019 and at long last, I met Rich in person at the Active Schools Conference in Leeds. Safe to say he didn't disappoint and we had a great connection. He agreed to appear on the show and I'm delighted to finally be bringing you our chat for episode 133.

During this episode, Rich describes himself as a teacher in 3 words only, he gives us tips for maximising a small teaching space, he tells us all about Physically Active Learning and provides us with a recipe for a perfect Primary PE Lesson!

Not only that, but he even takes the time to talk us through his top class-management tip, favourite warm-up and the worst lesson that he ever taught! You will understand after only a few minutes that Rich is the real deal, so you best get that note pad and pen handy!

Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Oct 12, 2019

Joining me Under the Umbrella this week for episode 132 is Richard Cheetham MBE.

With numerous years in his field, Richard is currently the leader of coach education, research & development at the University of Winchester. He draws upon and reflects on his role and those he has worked most closely with to drop some serious value bombs under the umbrella today. We start off by diving into a coaches skill set and ask Richard what role they can/should play in primary PE. There was (and continues to be) an interesting debate around this and Richard shares his thoughts. This leads us down various Rabbit holes including the importance of enthusiasm, learning environments, creating continuation desire, moving stories and much much more!

Not only that, but he even takes the time to talk us through his top class-management tip and favourite warm-up! If you don't own a notepad, it will be worth investing in one just for this episode, trust me!

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

Oct 4, 2019

Welcome to episode 131 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is sports coach and founder of Fitter Future & Challenge Sport Education, Ricky Lawrence.

With many years of coaching under his belt, and a team of coaches now working for him, Ricky is on the front lines delivering PE and PPA in our Primary Schools. During our conversation, we try to put to bed the differences between Sports and PE, we talk about how at Challenge Sport Education, they assess each and every child and we also ask Ricky what makes their approach to PE delivery Innovative and Creative. Not only this, we dive into Fitter Future and discuss its application for getting your classes more active!

In addition to all of this goodness, we ask the show usuals and have Ricky share his top class-management tip, all-time favourite warm-up game, as well as the worst lesson that he ever taught!

So what are you waiting for? The rant cannon is loaded! Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

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