Balance Bike Training Program
Balance Bike Training
A half-day course for schoolteachers (with optional half-day refresher course)
Balance is the key to happiness when learning to ride a bike
Balance Bike Training is a series of school-based sessions that aims to introduce children to the skills they will need to learn to ride and take part in Bikeability Level 1.
The sessions use Balance Bikes and a series of games and fun activities to develop their bike handling skills and awareness of their surroundings.
The Aim of the Balance Bike Training Course:
- Provide children with positive early experience of using bikes
- Improve children’s riding skills and awareness of their surroundings
- Develop children’s balance and control skills in preparation for learning to cycle
- Teach children to identify different parts of bike & how each works
The Balance Bike Training course for schoolteachers aims to equip teachers with the skills to deliver the training to children at their school. During the half-day course teachers will learn how to make sure bikes are safe to ride, how to plan and deliver Balance Bike sessions, and take part in practical delivery sessions. Teachers will also learn about how to effectively review sessions.
Balance Bike Training also supports the Physical Literacy Framework by helping to create a movement foundation to underpin lifelong participation, enabling pupils to access a range of learning experiences, which supports the development of competent and confident movers.
A half-day training session for teachers to introduce them to the skills for trainees to learn and to familiarise themselves with the balance bikes and a range of games. Plus an optional half-day refresher course is available. There will be a mix of theory and practical with the emphasis being on teachers delivering aspects of the Balance Bike Training module.
- Unit 1: Introduction to the course
- Unit 2: Risk Management
- Unit 3: Checking bikes and safety equipment
- Unit 4: Theory - session planning and delivery
- Unit 5: Balance Bike demonstration
- Unit 6: Delivering Balance Bike session
- Unit 7: Reviewing sessions and keeping records
Unit 1: Introduction to the course
Aim: The aim is to outline the course and the timetable for the day. Teachers are introduced to the thinking behind why it is better for children to learn to ride a Balance Bike before progressing to a Pedal Bike without the use of training wheels - stabilisers.
Teachers are introduced to the skills children will learn during the course Identify parts of a balance bike Getting on and off a balance bike comfortably Setting off with control Push and glide Stop with control a) with feet, b) with brake Make the bike go where you want Be aware of your surroundings (look around) and share space with others Adjust bike - optional Adjust helmet - optional Use of pedals is not an outcome, deliberately to keep focus on steering
Unit 2: Risk Management
Aim: The aim is to give teachers an understanding of the importance of risk management in cycle training. They should understand written risk assessments and be introduced to dynamic risk assessment.
Unit 3: Checking bikes and safety equipment
Aim: Teachers should learn how to make sure a Balance Bike is safe to ride and how to make basic adjustments, so that the bike fits the child. Wheels secure; tyres pumped up; seat and seat-post tight; headset tight. How to fit a helmet
Unit 4: Theory - session planning and delivery
Aim: The aim is for teachers to learn how to plan and deliver Balance Bike sessions.
Unit 5: Balance Bike session demonstration
Aim: The aim is for teachers to observe a demonstration of how a Balance Bike session should be delivered.
Unit 6: Balance Bike session delivered
Aim: The aim is for teachers to deliver Balance Bike session outcomes.
Unit 7: Reviewing sessions and keeping records
Teachers should learn how to review a session with the participants. This will include learning about the review process with and how it reaffirms the learning process. Teachers should learn how to keep basic notes as evidence and what appropriate forms can be used. Examples of training logs or records will support the teacher’s understanding of the format and process.