There are many exciting initiatives related to cycling happening at Barnes. We are strengthening our links with the award winning Bicycle Society to offer more opportunities for children to learn to cycle and to improve their cycling skills.
In May 2015 we introduced several new developments for our younger children. These have now become a regular feature of our curriculum offer. There is a before school cycling club for Year 1 pupils on Wednesday from 8.00 a.m. to 8.40am. For the first time reception pupils are being given the opportunity to learn how to cycle. Lessons take place every Wednesday for a four week period. During these weeks each child in reception receives a 30 minute lesson with the aim being all pupils will learn to cycle.
Children are taught how to cycle without stabilisers through games on balance bikes and then on small pedal bikes. All bicycles and safety equipment are provided. Children who learn to cycle receive an ‘I can cycle badge’ and everyone gets a certificate of participation. Professional coaches show pupils how to balance, glide and pedal. This tried and tested Balance to Bike syllabus has taught thousands of children to pedal of the first time. After learning to cycle the children will be challenged with moving, gliding, riding games and skills. Pupils develop their awareness of others, develop their teamwork skills, experience a sense of achievement and engage in physical exercise. The training equips pupils with all the necessary skills and confidence to progress onto pedal bikes without stabilisers
The Bike Society continue to run their very successful after school club on a Wednesday afternoon from 3.15-4.15pm for Year 2 to Year 5. In addition to this confident cyclists will be offered the opportunity to join the Tour de Barnes Elite after school club on Wednesday from 4.15 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. This club is open to pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6. If you are interested in your child joining any of these clubs, please do contact Rob Reed to gain further details: firstname.lastname@example.org.