Whilst the schools are closed for half term, CTL volunteers its qualified instructors to work with other organisations in our local communities. Today in Macclesfield we were supporting a lovely family, from a ethnic minority group, to develop their off road cycling skills and appreciate cycling road safety.
The three boys, and supportive father, were accompanied by Connected Communities who were happy to help throughout and were extremely pleased for the children who received the opportunity to increase their cycling skills and learn about road safety. We had an interpreter to help throughout the session. The eldest of the two boys could already ride and just needed support to build up confidence, whilst the youngest needed some help learning to ride but picked skills very quickly.
Together they progressed through using brakes correctly and took part in some cone work on the courts at Bromley Farm. The organisers were particularly concerned about the children’s road sense and ability
to understand traffic so we covered some basic road safety talking to these young people about standing on the clean side of their bike, away from the traffic. They also discussed which side of the road traffic flows in Britain and what to be cautious of. We helped them to improve their knowledge car signalling. Demonstrating how to start and stop a journey and ho
w to pass parked cars allowing a safe distance when travelling passed also developed their understanding. We moved on to talking about junctions to help them gain a basic knowledge of where to look for traffic.
These children really enjoyed the entire session from start to finish as did their Dad who was very encouraging throughout.
Some nice comments from schools we went to in April.
Woodseaves Level 2
“As always, we have been really happy with Bikeability and the professionalism, friendliness and encouraging instructors. All children have thoroughly enjoyed the 2 day road course.”
Penkridge Level 2
“Great manner with children. Clear instructions and demonstrations. Great feedback to children. Excellent booking. Helpful staff. Speedy CTL responses.”
“The children always thoroughly enjoy it and it is good to know they are being taught how to ride safely. Excellent booking.”
Bickerton Holy Trinity Level 1
“Children’s comments: Really good fun; Great fun; I can turn and ride a lot better now.School Comments: Good progression for all children. We all got to get involved in different ways which was really good. Children were very happy when they came back”
Hermitage Primary School Level 1
“Teachers comment: It’s been brilliant, children have thoroughly enjoyed it. Children’s comments: I want to go out on my bike now; Loved the class.”
Level 2 Year 5
Children’s comments: Thank you for helping me learn about cycling. I feel more confident and happier to ride on roads.
St Marys Level 1
“Children’s comments: Really good fun. We like the Snake Game. Teachers comments: The children enjoyed the Level 1.”
Yorston Lodge Level 2
“Teachers Comment Children v enthusiastic, thoroughly enjoy cycling. They all enjoyed the Bikeability course. An enjoyable and beneficial course. ”
Bollingbrook Year 5
“Excellent. All the children loved it, especially when they were taken to the busier roads.”
One of the standout schools last week was Queen’s Croft High School, a learning community for youngsters who find learning difficult. A generic Special School, it serves students with a range of special educational needs from Lichfield and the surrounding towns and villages.
Out of the 17 initial students, 13 successfully completed Level 1 Bikeability, with 12 participants progressing onto Level 2 Bikeability.
Students successfully completed a number of Level 2 outcomes including starting and stopping an on-road journey, passing a side road and parked car, deciding where cycle infrastructure helps a journey and demonstrating correct use and understanding where to ride on the roads being used. Other outcomes were also individually undertaken such as learning when it might be best to be a pedestrian rather than a cyclist and how to safely cross the road with a bike.
But beyond achieving these National Standard outcomes was the students greater ability to demonstrate a positive attitude and approach. In addition, following Bikeability Level 1 and 2, two pupils are starting to ride into school with their parents and carers.
Here are two statements that perfectly summarise what the school stands for, and more impressively achieves, which are two things we would all benefit from applying to our daily lives:
WE ARE A COMMUNITY BUILT ON DEMONSTRATING THE UTMOST RESPECT OF OTHERS AND AN ACCEPTANCE OF INDIVIDUALITY
WE BELIEVE ALL STUDENTS DESERVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY TEACHING AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENT, AS WELL AS ENRICHMENT EXPERIENCES, WHICH WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH THE BEST CHANCE OF SUCCESS IN LATER LIFE