Year 5 Bikeability – Learn to Ride
This week some of our Year 5 children have had the fantastic opportunity to take part in the government's national cycle training programme - Bikeability. The training programme helps you learn practical skills and understand how to cycle on today's roads.
Freedom, Adventure, the road to enjoyment and confidence on two (or three!) wheels - that's Bikeability.
The children have been learning the importance of wearing the right clothing when riding a bike, how to keep your bike in tip-top condition with essential bike maintenance and to sit comfortably and in the right position in order to enjoy the ride.
Starting on the school playground at level 1, the children have been mastering the art of balancing, pedalling, practising how to start and stop safely, showing their skills when riding in and out of cones and becoming familiar with their surroundings. Level 2 teaches children how to grow more confident with each turn of the pedal. In the afternoons, the expert instructors have taken some of the children onto the quiet roads, to experience "real" cycling. They have been using their road sense to ensure that they are safe and have proven to be excellent at riding out in the local area.
Some, who have never ridden before, have conquered their fears and now have the confidence to ride.
As well as becoming much more proficient riders, the children have had a fantastic time so far and think it is one of the best experiences they have ever had.