At Rachel Keeling we are keen advocates for cycling. We think London can be seen best by bike. We have worked hard for some years developing the skills of staff and children as well as our provision and teaching. This has resulted in many children leaving our school able to ride a two wheeler bicycle with confidence and skill. In addition all children have had support to develop skill using our balance bikes.
As our next step we wanted to ensure children are able to maintain their bikes.
Children keep the bikes clean and in good order.
Children are regularly involved in the checking of the bikes each day before they ride:
A - Air: checking the tyres are firm and pumped up.
B - Brakes: checking the cables are attached and brakes are effective.
C - Chain: checking the chain is attached and free of excessive dirt or obstructions.
We also do visual checks of the metal work and pedals.
Next, before we get on the bike, we check our helmets. Children know how to check them and ensure they fit correctly.
Children also check the saddle height is correct and their tiptoes can touch the ground.
In the garden we have our Bike Maintenance Posters that the children have made so children can refer to them.
If you're a cyclist, make sure you're doing your checks on your bike too!