The PE Umbrella | Podcasting ALL things Primary Physical Education

Ryan Ellis

Ryan Ellis here, the founder and host of the PE Umbrella, a

Primary Physical Education podcast and short blog that discusses all things PE.

All Episodes

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 27

58 min

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 20

43 min

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!

Sep 14

14 min

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 22

61 min

Welcome to episode 173 of The PE Umbrella Podcast! This week I am joined by Primary PE teacher and lead Marc Beezley. 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 Marc in what has been his first year in the role. 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 Marc brings the Primary PE chatter! 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 16

38 min

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 9

62 min

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!

Aug 2

62 min

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 26

47 min

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 19

77 min

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 12

47 min

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!

Jul 5

61 min

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 28

51 min

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 20

51 min

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 14

58 min

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!

Jun 7

55 min

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 31

64 min

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 24

46 min

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 17

58 min

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 10

56 min

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!

May 3

64 min

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 26

64 min

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 19

56 min

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 12

40 min

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!

Apr 5

59 min

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 29

72 min

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 22

49 min

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 15

55 min

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 8

46 min

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!

Mar 1

68 min

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 16

61 min

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

33 min

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 9

10 min

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.

Feb 1

31 min

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 19

53 min

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!

Jan 11

60 min

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 2019

30 min

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 2019

45 min

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 2019

31 min

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 2019

52 min

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!

Dec 2019

27 min

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 2019

50 min

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 2019

61 min

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.

Nov 2019

51 min

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 2019

56 min

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 2019

55 min

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 2019

59 min

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.

Oct 2019

43 min

Welcome to episode 130 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella this week is Elementary Physed teacher, Cliff Roop. This week I'm excited to return to more of a 'regular' show format as I interview Cliff and dive into his teaching experience. He shares with us his PE philosophy and how he turned a corner in his life and profession and fell back in love with teaching PE again. Not only that, but we delve into the show favourites of class management tips, favourite warm-ups, best and worst ever lessons! So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella.

Sep 2019

54 min

Welcome to episode 129 of The PE Umbrella Podcast! This week I am joined by Youth Sport Trust schools director, Stuart Kay. On this episode, we dive into what it means to take a whole school approach to PE, School Sport and PA. How can we accomplish this? How can we get staff to buy in? Are we playing a 20-year game? Is it even possible? We lay the cards on the table and have a completely honest discussion of where the land lies and where we think it is going! So what are you waiting for? Join in the discussion with us Under the PE Umbrella!

Sep 2019

60 min

Welcome to episode 128 of The PE Umbrella Podcast! This week I am joined again by Mr Energetic Education himself, Dale Sidebottom! As you would expect, Dale brings the energy, passion & knowledge bombs to the show in this action-packed episode. I'm excited for you to hear all about Jugar Life, Dale's latest adventure of wellbeing, kindness and play. We could all do with more of this in our life and Dale explains to us how to make this a reality! So strap yourself in for knowledge bombs and laughter as we talk about how you and your own students can experience the Jugar Life yourselves! Come on over and join us Under the PE Umbrella!

Sep 2019

51 min

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