We visited a school today and saw Cyclings sessions being delivered to a group of fantastic young learners, all keen to get stuck in.
Sessions are typically conducted in groups of 6 and always start the same way, riders are asked to fit their own helmets and adjust their own saddle height. For the first two or three sessions teachers should support riders, but after that, they should be able to use their fine motor skills to clip and unclip their helmet and use the quick release mechanism on their bikes. Those that can’t quite manage it yet ask their friends to help them, thus improving their teamwork and communication skills.
Once kitted up, sessions move onto an off-the-bike warm up, all based around animal movements and playing some fun games.
After this, it’s onto the bikes for some more animal movements and more bike specific warm up.
Once everyone is settled we start to look at skill acquisition and practice. By selecting an activity or two from the resources folder and using the clear to use instructions to set up activities, teachers can now start to really work on balance and gross motor skills with a range of different fun games. Again, using animal movements as triggers, riders play games and fun activities designed to test them and help the development of their bike and off-the-bike skills. Don’t forget, all these activities are planned to meet one of the Characteristics of Effective Learning and will see riders working on spatial awareness, balance, communication and other skills that will help their development on a bike and also in class.
Riders should help with putting the bikes and helmets away and will help each other to undo helmets and collect cones and other session equipment.
At the end of sessions teachers can simply track progress by taking a picture and using the assessment tool in the resource folder. At the end of a course, riders are awarded a certificate which is downloaded from the members area of the Cyclings website.
Don’t forget that if the weather does turn, there are resources on the website that teachers can use in class, such as games and resource cards, again that can be used to add to Learning Diaries as evidence of attainment of one of the COEL.
For more info on becoming a Cyclings school, please get in touch via the website.
- effective learning (COEL)
- Cycling in school
- Gross Motor Skills improvement
- Reception class teamwork