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Whats next?2019-10-25T18:01:41+00:00

Whats next?

Your riders have enjoyed Cyclings sessions with you at school and they can get their feet up off the ground for the first time and glide. Great, so what do they do now?

Well, they’re now ready for pedals and the next stage of their adventure.

You could follow our handy tips guide to helping young riders onto their pedals.

Once they are confident on two wheels they are ready for the next stage of their journey. Try looking at the British Cycling website (www.britishcycling.org.uk) and see if there are any family rides they can join, or if there are any local Go-Ride clubs they can join where they can really work on their cycling skills and take them to the next level.

Otherwise, look for some local trails and off-road paths that you could ride on (Sustrans run an amazing network of off-road rides all around the country so start there www.sustrans.org.uk )

Don’t forget though, riders will still benefit from taking part in Cyclings sessions at school even if they can ride already. Try and focus on higher level activities detailed on your activity cards and focus on the key skills riders will need on their pedal bikes, looking ahead and making sure they are covering their brakes at all times.

What support is on offer?2019-10-25T18:03:22+00:00

What support is on offer?

As part of your annual subscription you have access to your own unique members are of the website.

Here you can download resources such as certificates. You can also use the forum to discuss your session ideas with other school users. You will see examples of other sessions you may not have used before. You can also order extra resources such as bikes, helmets and other equipment you need to run sessions.

Most importantly though, you will have access to the Cyclings University, this can be shared by all your staff in school at any time, allowing them to learn the basics of the course, or simply to log on and see a reminder of how certain games and activities are run. So if you have a new teacher or TA and they would like to start delivering a Cyclings course then they can log on and be taken through the course at a time to suit them.

If you would prefer to have training with us in person, there is also an option in your members area to book that. A half day with us, attended by all your teaching and support staff can be a great way to share ideas, ask questions and ensure that everyone is feeling confident to deliver. Whatever works for you, we want you to feel comfortable and happy using the resources and delivering sessions, after all, if you enjoy delivering them, then the children will enjoy taking part.

What if we finish all the games in the folder?2019-10-25T22:52:04+00:00

What if we finish all the games in the folder?

If you work through your session plan and find you’ve finished all the games in your folder then you are a true Cyclings super star. You can of course use the adaptions on the activity resource sheets to repeat the sessions but make them harder, not forgetting to ask all the relevant questions to check for understanding.

Or you could log on to the members area forum and see what other games schools are using and share your own ideas in return. You will also see an ever increasing number of fresh ideas appearing on the website for you to try too, these will also be posted on the forum for you to try.

What if they fall off?2019-10-25T22:55:07+00:00

What if they fall off?

Riders will probably fall off their bikes from time to time, they are after all learning to push the limits of their balance and Gross Motor Skills and to do that they need to explore just how far they are capable of moving at the moment and what their bodies can do. This is all part of the amazing journey. However we appreciate that this can sometimes lead to tears. We encourage all riders who fall off to get straight back on and start moving again as soon as possible, if they have too long to think about it then they might convince themselves that they can’t do it and get scared of the bike and this is the opposite of what we want to achieve, so a few kind words and a bit of motivation will usually see riders getting back on.

Obviously if they need first aid then you’ll need to take them to someone who can help. You may need to ask the other riders to stop riding for a few minutes so you can look after your injured Cycling, but once you’re ready then sessions can carry on as normal.

You may want to insist on long sleeves to prevent cuts to arms, or you could invest in some elbow and knee pads just incase, but we find that exposing riders to the risk of falling off is all part of their education and actually helps to sharpen their awareness and helps develop their riding skills.

A quick reminder that all riders should be wearing helmets at all times when riding a bike, even if they are just helping you to get kit out of storage, make sure they always have a helmet on so they are safe if they do take a tumble.

What if they can ride already?2019-10-25T22:59:39+00:00

What if they can ride already?

We regularly teach riders who can ride already. By getting them on a balance bike, you are still working on their core strength and their Gross Motor Skills as well as their awareness and perception, all of which can be done equally as well on a balance bike. We often find that key messages are easier to deliver on a balance bike rather than a pedal bike, simply because there is less to remember and therefore riders can concentrate on the key instructions you are giving them. For example, riders who can already ride often have picked up bad habits such as forgetting to cover their brakes, and this can be simply remedied by focusing on ‘Lobster Claws’ during all your Cyclings activities.

Don’t be tempted to let them bring their own bike in with pedals and join in with the rest. Simply explain the focus of the Cyclings sessions is about focusing on the elements of the COEL and all the core skills listed above and they will see the value of joining in with the sessions. Even the hardiest of riders won’t feel embarrassed or feel like they are regressing once the sessions start and they are getting stuck into the activities, you just need to adapt sessions to keep them interested by using the adaption suggestions on the resource cards.

Storage?2019-10-25T23:01:27+00:00

Storage?

You will need to find room for 6 balance bikes and 6 helmets and a large bag full of goodies. If you have a watertight shed outside or a cupboard somewhere inside then you should have plenty of room. We can supply you with a suitable outdoor storage unit to store all your Cycling kit inside and you’ll need to have it fitted. You can add more kit from the Cyclings shop if you would like, such as more bikes or new helmets, but always have a think about where you are going to keep it first. The bikes and equipment we use have been tested over the years to ensure they are the hardiest and most durable we can find, but you do need to look after it to ensure you can use it for many years to come.

Risk assessments2019-10-25T23:02:49+00:00

Risk Assessments

We have completed risk assessments for all the activities you will be taking part in and you’ll find copies of them in the back of your resource folder and online in your members area so you can simply print or photocopy and keep a copy or you can send on the digital copy to your Health and Safety Officer for their records.

You will find a couple of spare boxes to add in any site specific issues you may find and you can use the forum in the membership area to ask any risk assessment related questions.

Info for teachers2019-10-25T23:32:00+00:00

Info for Teachers

Teachers are the worlds super heroes and we want to make your life as fun and as simple as possible. We have been delivering cycling schemes in schools since 2007 so we know that you have lots of different programmes to manage, sessions to plan and assessments to write, so we have done as much as we can for you.

Cyclings has been written around the Characteristics of Effective Learning, so you will find a grid with the 9 characteristics listed at the front of your resource folder, you will then see a link on each set of sessions plans and each individual activity to tell you which characteristic they link to.

So, if you use our 6 or 12 week pre-programmed session plans, you will cover each of the 9 COELs more than once, and if you feel you have a group who could use some more help with one of the areas then you can simply use the COEL grid to identify which characteristic you need to work on, then use that to find a game that will work, then set up the game as you normally would, ask the questions on the sheet to check for understanding, and use photographs along with a photocopy of the activity sheet as your assessment for individual learning diaries. There is even a certificate that you can award that has a tick box section so you can show that each individual rider has worked towards each element of the course.

Our aim is to make delivering Cyclings relevant to your curriculum, simple and fun to teach, even more simple and fun to take part in for riders, and easy to use for assessment purposes too. That way we have taught a key life skill, but still inline with the requirements of the EYFS framework.

There are indoor and outdoor resources so as well as riding outside children can use our worksheets to practice reading, writing and cognitive activities. For reception children, they can cut out words and label parts of a bike, and also think about what they might need to take part in an activity. For Year 1 children they have the option to write the words in for these activities, meaning you can use the resources for multiple year groups.

 

Info for parents2019-10-25T23:35:12+00:00

Info for Parents

We are parents ourselves and have taught cycling to young riders since 2007 so we think that cycling is one of the most important activities your child can take part in. We also know that you have lots of other activities you like to do together, and lots of other things that impact on your time and that increasingly means that children are not being taught to ride.

We totally understand that, so we developed Cyclings to allow teachers to be able to use cycling as a way to engage children in a wide range of activities that would help them with many different aspects of their incredibly demanding role, at the same time as helping the children feel comfortable riding a bike. This has many benefits, increased balance, awareness and perception.

Improved teamworking and communication. We have also seen improvements in children’s ability to write and draw due to their improved fine motor skills. All that on top of the obvious benefits to their healthy and wellbeing. Cycling is one of the best ways to improve your families health, so once your child has taken part in Cyclings and is ready to start pedalling, why not download our handy guide to helping your child onto two wheels and then start planning some family rides together.

Info for headteachers2019-10-25T23:37:05+00:00

Info for Headteachers

We appreciate that your resources are stretched, your teachers are already at capacity and that cycling is not currently on the EYFS curriculum, so we have designed Cyclings, not just as a way to teach children how to get up on two wheels, but also as a way to engage them in a new way that we think really helps build strong relationships with your staff and each other. Cyclings is developed around the COEL and has a simple and structured plan that develops each of the characteristics. We have written session plans and individual activity resources so planning time is minimal. We have also developed assessment criteria so teachers can use photographs alongside our certificate to use in children’s learning diaries to show progress in each COEL area.

We have written risk assessments to ensure sessions are in line with Health and Safety policies and teachers do not have to use PPA time to complete these.

We see huge improvements in Gross Motor Skills, which leads to improvements in fine motor skills and pen control meaning children’s work in class improves as a result of taking part in sessions.

We also find that behaviour improves. Using Cyclings with hard to reach children or children who benefit from time outside of the classroom can see great results in engagement and productivity as well as relationship building.

Pupil Premium and Sport Premium funding can both be used to pay for Cyclings membership and our membership fees are kept low and fixed each year.

There are indoor and outdoor resources so as well as riding outside children can use our worksheets to practice reading, writing and cognitive activities. For reception children, they can cut out words and label parts of a bike, and also think about what they might need to take part in an activity. For Year 1 children they have the option to write the words in for these activities, meaning you can use the resources for multiple year groups.

I can’t ride myself, can I teach this?2019-10-25T23:47:28+00:00

I can’t ride myself, can I teach this?

We appreciate that not everyone who wants to deliver Cyclings is a cyclist themselves. When we first started delivery of Cyclings we took for granted that we were experts in the field and accomplished cyclists ourselves, so we worked with teachers and EYFS professionals who didn’t know the first thing about cycling to ensure that the course could be delivered by anyone.

We use simple language in our resources and we’ve even made them in a style that children see and want to take part. There are simple to follow resources for each activity, with clear instructions on how to set up the activity and how to make it easier or harder depending on your groups ability.

There are also simple open ended questions to ask to check for understanding ‘why do we do x?’ or ‘How could we make Y better?’…and we promise, there is never any technical cycling jargon.

How to pay?2019-10-25T23:55:44+00:00

How to pay?

Contact us for details on payment and ordering resources or click here to be taken to the online shop. Once you have decided which package you want and any extras such as a training day with us, extra bikes or helmets etc then you can pay online or we can invoice you so your finance team can arrange payment.

Once we have received that we will arrange to ship your resources to you, (or deliver it when you have your training if you want that option), you log on and work your way through the Cyclings University (you don’t need to do this all at once, you can do the relevant parts before each session if you like) and then you’re ready to start delivery.

How much space do I need?2019-10-25T23:56:48+00:00

How much space do I need?

We have delivered Cyclings in huge playgrounds at schools with 120 pupil year groups, and we have delivered it to schools who’s buildings were built way before the invention of central heating and the modern motor car, so we’ve seen Cyclings delivered just about everywhere.

A tennis court sized space is plenty, but if you don’t have that, you can adapt the games to work around the space you do have. If you are lucky enough to have a large indoor space and want to deliver Cyclings year round then you can do that, you just need to be aware that our bikes have proper tyres so will leave a black mark if they are skidded.

How much does it cost?2019-10-25T23:58:09+00:00

How much does it cost?

A Cyclings kit, including 6 premium bikes and helmets, a bag full of resources for you to use, a resource folder with all the session plans and activity cards as well as certificates, classroom based activity resources and risk assessments and a years subscription to the membership area of the website where you can access online games, a forum and the Cyclings University to train your staff costs £3000.

After that first year, if you want to remain an active member and retain access to the membership area, with the forum, new games ideas and the Cyclings University to train up new members of staff, then you’ll need to set up a direct debit for £300 for each additional year.

How long is a session?2019-10-25T23:59:07+00:00

How long is a session?

We recommend that Cyclings sessions are kept to 45 minutes long to start with. You will have a session plan for each week, including a warm up and a main activity based around the COEL. Your plan will then include linked and sequential sessions for the following 6 weeks, building on these skills.

You know your group better than we do, so if you feel they are ready for a full hour, then you can simply use the activity resource folder to find another activity that meets your COEL requirements and add that in at the end. The course is infinitely flexible to suit you, so you can always make sessions easier or harder depending on the riders adaption and current skill level.

Do we need insurance?2019-10-26T00:00:10+00:00

Do we need insurance?

Your school insurance should cover Cyclings as an activity. If not, then you may need to contact your insurance company to add this to your cover. We have supplied copies of full risk assessments to ensure that you are delivering in line with current Health and Safety best practice.

Cycling Inside or outside?2019-10-26T00:01:06+00:00

Cycling Inside or outside?

You can deliver Cyclings indoors or outside, so if it’s raining you don’t need to cancel.

If you are short on space and it is raining then you can use some of the resources in your resource folder to run educational activities instead. Our ‘Parts of a bike’ worksheet or ‘What should I wear’ worksheet can both be used as a ‘cut out and stick’ activity, or as an ‘write in the correct answer’ activity. You will also see 2 apps on your membership area that riders can play when the weather forces them inside, so they can build a bike or do a slider puzzle that works on their Gross Motor and Cognitive skills.