Childwall Church of England Primary School has been selected as one of this years Bike It schools. Over the coming months we will be working closely with Sustrans and our allocated Bike It Officer to encourage staff, parents and pupils to travel to school by bike. Our activities started with a Bike It Collective Worship on 18th September 2014, after which we recruited our 'Bike It Crew'. During this first Bike It year, we will be actively working towards the Sustrans Bronze Standard School Mark.
Sustrans School Mark - Excellence in Sustainable Travel - Bronze Award
16th July 2015
8th July 2015
Danny Butlers Extreme Mountain Bike Show
As you may remember, the school took part in the Big Pedal back in March and encouraged children and their families to cycle or scoot to school. The Bike It Crew then logged the number of pedal rides to and from school and these were entered in to a local and national leader board. A huge effort from our families meant we came second in Liverpool - a huge achievement in our first year as a Bike It school.
Today the children were treated to a reward for their efforts - a visit from Danny Butler and his Extreme Mountain Bike Show. Danny, a multiple British and European trails bike champion and his brother Ash wowed the children with a spectacular display in the glorious sunshine.
Bike It Breakfast
4th March 2014
Today we celebrated The Big Pedal event in the form of a Bike It Breakfast. We had 115 children scoot and cycle to school to get their breakfast. The light rain did not dampen spirits as the 'Rise and Shine' team were on hand to get the children involved in the rise and shine dance routines. BBC Radio Merseyside interviewed Alice our Bike It Officer from Sustrans, Ms Igglesden the school Bike It Champion and a number of children who had arrived at school this morning on their bikes. The live radio interview gave listeners an insight as to why the school are promoting cycling as a great from of exercise and why the children love cycling to school. Councillor Jeremy Wolfson attended the event and commented on the large number of families arriving at school on bikes or scooters.
The Sustrans 'Smoothie Bike' was such a great hit with pedal powered smoothies being made by the children during the breakfast, that Alice kindly offered to stay at school and get the children pedalling smoothies during their break time.
We then had a visit from the Liverpool Echo who were keen to report our story and let the rest of Liverpool know the benefits of cycling to school. The article will go on-line later this afternoon, and in print tomorrow. Why not buy a copy and see our Bike It Crew, Alice and Councillor Wolfson promoting the event.
The Big Pedal - 2nd - 20th March 2015
Powered by Sustrans the Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.
On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. The school’s best 10 days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all 15 days if they wish. There will be prizes on offer for those entering either the whole school or class challenge.
Ditch the Stabilisers - 25th & 26th February 2015
Playground sessions took place for our Y1 and Y2 children on 25th & 26th February 2015 to learn to ride their bikes without needing to use stabilisers. After removing the pedals and stabilisers to turn bike into temporary 'balance bikes' our Sustans Bike It Officers helped children to scoot around the playground, getting their first taste of two-wheeled riding. As confidence grew, the children started to glide, keeping both feet off the ground. Then the pedals were added, one at first, and many children were soon pedalling around the playground stabiliser free with the rest on the verge of mastering two wheels. A huge well done to all the children and thanks to the parents and grandparents who came to help out.
Big Street Survey
As part of our Bike It school project in partnership with Sustrans, the Year 5 children took part in the Big Street Survey this week. Joined by Councillor Wolfson the children took part in the first phase of this exciting curriculum exercise. Investigating the area around the school the children took part in Vehicle Counts; Vehicle Speeds; What I See and How this Place Feels to Me and have gathered all of the information they need to enable them to consider how the streets can be made safer and greener. The second phase will take place next week when the children will be joined by Liverpool Road Safety and they will be producing a manifesto.
Bike It Breakfast - A Huge Success
Our first Bike It Breakfast of the year took place on Thursday 9th October with 35 children signing up to come to school on their bike or scooter. The breakfast party started at 8.15am and saw over 50 children arrive to school using pedal power. Our Bike It Crew were kept busy serving breakfast to the children who enjoyed the crisp autumn weather. Mums and Dads gathered with a cup of tea to chat to our Sustrans team who were on hand to give bike advice and hand out cycle route leaflets. Our Y6 'Rise & Shine' team then led the children in a Rise & Shine dance activity to get them active and ready for lessons. A quick helmet safety demonstration from Sustrans followed. Whilst the children were in class today, the Sustrans team stayed onsite and Dr Bike carried out free health checks on the bikes in school...all 42 of them.