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Bikeability

During the Autumn Term, 36 of our Year 6 pupils participated in a two day Bikeability course where they learned many skills from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads. All the children who successfully completed the course were awarded a badge and certificate, either red for Level 1 or orange for Level 2. Well done to all of our Year 6 pupils who took part!

Bikeability is underpinned by the National Standard for cycle training; a government-recognised set of principles for better and safer cycling. Bikeability is an improved, updated and more relevant version of the old cycling proficiency scheme, delivered by professional instructors.

 

'It was good because I learnt how to u-turn and that I should look twice 'a life saver' before crossing the road and making turns.'  Rudy Yr 6

What is Bikeability?

Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.

There are three Bikeability levels, with each level designed to help improve their cycling skills, no matter what they know already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees on a journey from the basics of balance and control, all the way through to planning and making a journey by themselves on busier roads.

Children will typically start Bikeability lessons once they have learnt to ride a bike. Level 1 will help new riders to control their bike before they move on to developing on-road skills at Level 2. Level 2 is usually tackled by children in Years 5 or 6, before they leave primary school. Level 3 teaches trainees how to ride in different and more challenging traffic situations, and is usually completed by children of secondary school age.

Hundreds of thousands of young cyclists have already received Bikeability training and have been awarded coveted Bikeability badges and certificates. We want as many children as possible to have the opportunity to take part in Bikeability training, and it is estimated that more than 1.5 million will have been trained by March 2015.

Why cycle?

  • Cycling is so much faster than walking, meaning you can get to school in half the time – that means more time in bed!
  • You’ll get fit – cycling is one of the best forms of exercise you can get.
  • Cycling is good for the planet – bikes don’t pollute the air with exhaust fumes, the only energy they use is pedal power!
  • Cycling gives you loads of freedom – you can pop round to a mate’s house without having to wait for a lift.
  • More children cycling will lead to improved health and fitness, reduced congestion and pollution and hopefully even more Olympic champions!
  • There’s a brand new world for you to discover when you get in the saddle, whether you’re cycling to school or riding around in your free time with your mates.
  • Cycling at least twenty miles a week reduces the risk of heart disease to less than half that for non-cyclists who take no other exercise.
  • Kids who cycle are more confident, more independent and perform better at school!
  • It’s fun and it’s free – what more do you need!

Are you convinced? Here are some top tips to help you get started and make the most of all your cycling journeys.

Know your wheels

Here are our top tips for keeping your bike in tip-top condition:

  • Tyres – make sure you’re tyres are pumped up. Give them a pinch to make sure they are hard. If they feel soft, get someone to pump them up. Check they are not worn down
  • Brakes – test them before every ride and make sure they are not rubbing against the tyres
  • Chain – make sure it’s not hanging off, broken or rusty
  • Saddle – make sure it’s adjusted to the right height. Too high or too low and it won’t be comfortable or safe. To get the right height, adjust the saddle until you can stretch your leg out and comfortably place the ball of your foot on the ground. This means that when your pedal is at its lowest position, your leg should be slightly bent
  • Lights and reflectors – if you’re planning on riding at night make sure the lights on the front and back of your bike are both working and not covered up by mud or anything. You should also use your lights when the visibility is low, such as in bad weather

Get geared up

Before you put your Bikeability into practice out on the streets, make sure you’ve got the right equipment – it doesn’t even have to cost a lot of money.

  • Choosing a set of wheels – there are loads of different bikes to choose from – such as road-racing, mountain, BMX or hybrid – decide what you want a bike for then visit your local bike shop to find out which one suits you best
  • Get kitted out – whatever the weather if you’re likely to be cycling every day, you might want to invest in some waterproof gear to keep yourself dry on your way in to school or work (you can pick up over-trousers and waterproof jackets at cycling shops or outdoor stores). When cycling, make sure your shoes are tied and the laces don’t hang down
  • Brighten up – being safe is all about being seen. When cycling in the day wear bright coloured clothes and if you’re cycling after dark make sure you wear reflective clothing and make sure the lights on the front and back of your bike are both in working order
  • Helmet – make sure your helmet fits your head. For a proper fit, the helmet should fit snugly and shouldn’t allow any sideways movement
  • Secure your bike – hundreds of thousands of bicycles are stolen across Britain every year, so don’t let yours be one of them – get a lock and put it through the frame wherever you leave your bike, taking anything that is easy to steal with you (lights, pumps etc.)

What next?

There are lots of other great ways in which young people can be encouraged to develop their interest in cycling further and here are just a few of them:

  • Local cycling clubs, including racing
  • Develop intra-school cycling competitions
  • Develop inter-school cycling competitions Local leisure and family rides
  • More specialised cycling activities such as BMX-ing

12/12/17

EARLS COLNE VILLAGE CAROL SERVICE

Due to continued bad weather, the school will not be participating in the Earls Colne Village Carol service tonight.

12/12/17

SCHOOL CLOSED!

Unfortunately, due to sheet ice around and on the school site we have had to make the decision to close the school we would not be able to guarantee the safety of children and staff in the current circumstances.

Click here to find out about our amazing Fireworks Display.  We raised a whopping £6758 for our school.

Contact Us

Earls Colne Primary School & Nursery

Park Lane

Earls Colne

Colchester

CO6 2RH

Tel: 01787 222205

Fax: 01787 222010

 

Melanie Vine

Headteacher

 

Mel Pyne

Admin Officer

 

Email:

ecps@earlscolne.essex.sch.uk

 

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