Year 6 Bikeability: Cycling Proficiency


In October our Year 6 pupils will be taking part in a week long ‘Bikeability’ course (used to be called cycling proficiency!) to keep them safe when they are using their bikes!

Anyone interested in Road Safety for children can download ‘Tales of the Road’ (12MB) from this site – it’s basically a children’s version of the highway code and contains some really useful safety guidance for children.

Letter to Year 6 parents:

Dear Parents/Carers and Children

We are delighted to inform you that we are able to offer our Y6 children a ‘Bikeability Week’ starting on Monday 17th October. Children will take part in four training sessions (1.30-3.00) over the course of the week.

It is important that all the cyclists have a good understanding of the Highway Code and we have enclosed a copy of the children’s version of the Highway Code entitled ‘Tales of the Road’ – it would be great if children could spend some time reading this before the course starts. All training will be carried out by a qualified cycling instructor, provided by Essex County Council.

In order to take part children will need:

A roadworthy bicycle (good tyres, saddles, brakes etc.) These bikes will be checked before the first session starts and pupils with bicycles that are deemed unsafe will not be able to take part;

  • A cycle helmet (ensuring that it fits appropriately);
  • Asthma inhalers (if required);
  • Waterproof top (ideally packed in a rucksack);
  • Trousers with narrow hems or cycle clips
  • Gloves (if the weather is cold);
  • Trainers or flat soled shoes;
  • A drink in a plastic bottle (no glass or cans).

The course will involve cycling on local roads, but this will be fully risk assessed prior to the start of the training courses. Consent slips must be completed before children take part.

I hope that the children enjoy the training!

Best wishes

Jon Smith

Headteacher

 

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