Well Done to pupils at West Primary in Paisley who are currently undertaking Bikeability Level 1 and Level 2. West Primary is one of the “hub” schools in Renfrewshire where children of key workers are still attending school during the current situation.
Renfrewshire Leisure Bikeability and Active Schools teams have been delighted to offer this opportunity to pupils in Primary 5, 6 and 7 as a different option during the PE curriculum time. Good weather has allowed children to spend time outdoors whilst ensuring appropriate social distancing is in place as per the current guidelines. Pupils are bringing their own bikes and helmets to school and the RL team initially ran a bike check “clinic” to ensure that bikes were in good condition before training commenced.
Skills learned by the pupils during the course so far include keeping good control of their bike, with activities revolving around braking and cornering, practising using one hand while riding, signalling, and learning good observation skills.
Craig Dalziel, Bikeability Coordinator for Renfrewshire Leisure said:
“During this lockdown situation we were keen to support the hub at West Primary to deliver some additional activities for the pupils as part of their PE curriculum time. As Bikeability is an outdoor activity we were confident this could be delivered much more easily than some other activities with social distancing in place. In addition, we are seeing increasingly that families are taking up cycling as their one form of daily exercise per day. Pupils who have taken part in Bikeability in our schools over the past year are being able to put their training into practice and are taking advantage of much quieter roads due to reduced traffic presence. It is our intention to support schools to re-establish delivery of both playground and on-road training when schools reopen. I would like to thank our team of Kieran, Hope and Arron for assisting with the delivery of the programme as well as the staff at West”.
Lynne McGinn, Head Teacher of West Primary said:
“ The children were absolutely delighted to be offered this opportunity during their time at the Hub. Our children get to be outdoors, social distancing is easy and they are learning an incredibly important life skill . Thank you to everyone who has made this possible too.”
Marie McLaughlin Depute Head Teacher at St Catherine’s Primary said:
“Bikeability has been a fabulous initiative engaging many of the children. They have had great fun.“
The children are also really enjoying participating in the Bikeability course as can be seen from their comments below.
“The coaches have taken time to help me and now I don’t fall off my bike.” Mia, West Hub pupil
“I now feel more confident.” Elizabeth, West Hub pupil
“ I have really helped to get my balance.” Brodie, West Hub pupil
“I have loved learning about gears.” Rachel, West Hub pupil
“I wasn’t confident at hand signals at first but now I am.” Heidi, West Hub pupil
“Bikeability Scotland” cycle training is available to pupils in every Renfrewshire School. Could you volunteer at your child’s school for 1 to 2 hours a week to help deliver this vital life skill? Training days are run on a regular basis for any member of school staff and parent helpers to attend. If you are interested in attending or would like further information please contact Craig Dalziel, Bikeability Coordinator at Craig.Dalziel@renfrewshire.gov.uk
Bikeability Scotland Website - https://www.cycling.scot/bikeability-scotland