Rain does not stop play at Farnham Green Primary’s destabiliser session

Checklist:

  • Parents tempted with tea, coffee and biscuits…….check!
  • M-check and helmet fitting advice given……………..check!
  • Stabilisers removed…………………………………………………..check!
  • Collect children for session………………………………………check!
  • Lovely sunny weather to start the session……………….hmmmm…….un check! 😦

Not even the rain could put off parents and children attending the destabiliser session run by Andy Casson (Bike It Officer for Redbridge and Enfield) at Farnham Green Primary school in Redbridge.  They were nervous, a little bit boisterous, and needed plenty of encouragement to go out into the rain, but once their children arrived the parents soon got into this after school session.

How to get on  bike now stabilizers gone

For most children this was the first time they had been on their bikes without stabilisers, and for some parents it was the first time they had attempted to teach a child how to ride.  And so the learning for both began.

The destabiliser session showed parents and children:

  • How to get their child on the bike
  • How to support their children without bending too much and hurting your back
  • How to start and stop with at least one foot on the floor (children who are used to stabilisers tend fall off as they keep both feet on their pedals when they start and stop,)
  • How to progress each child from one stage to the next.  Assisted start- assisted stop-balance-turn-turn the other way-idependent start and stop- repeat
  • And don’t forget to SMILE 🙂

There were some tears, some falls, some bumps and scrapes, and the odd tantrum, but by the end of the session children (and parents) were smiling and proud of what had been achieved.  All of the children had managed to ride without assistance, some for short periods or time and others for longer more controlled laps of the playground. 

By advising and supporting parents throughout, the learning does not stop at the end of the playground session.  Parents and children were already planning to go to their local park over the weekend for more practice.

We expect we will be seeing more bikes without stabilisers in the bike shelter soon.

Welcome to the world of two wheels for twelve new little riders, no need for stabilisers now.

hopping balancing on one leg 

The hopping game to prepare them for sitting and balancing on the bike

Helping your child get on the bike

Now for a little parental support before they take their first wobbly pedals

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