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Bike a Mentals – Beginners

Bridging the gap in participation with high quality provision

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Scheme of Work: Qualitas Sport Bike-A-Mentals,
Balance Bikes, Beginners Cycle Course & Intermediate Cycle Course

Qualitas offer a range of cycling courses from balance & fundamentals courses for reception and year 1 pupils to beginner & intermediate cycling courses for KS1 & KS2 children, all are delivered by qualified coaches. Cycling is a key method of active travel and is crucial in developing a healthy nation, developing cycling knowledge and skills through primary school can have a lifelong benefit on the wellbeing of individuals and communities.


Qualitas Sport Bike A Mentals: Beginners Course.
The beginners course is designed to introduce young people to the world of cycling, this will
introduce the basic fundamental skills required to ride a pedal bike effectively and safely.



• For children to develop fundamental pedal cycling skills: prepare for a journey, check bike
is ready, set off, pedal, slow down & stop efficiently.
• To equip children with the skills and confidence to independently ride a pedal a bike.
• To prepare children for the bike a mentals Intermediate course.
• To teach pupils health and safety considerations when riding a bike.



2 hour ratio 16-1.

Qualitas coaches will deliver the bike a mentals beginner
course to groups of 16 pupils across 2 hours.
Preparing for
a ride
All children will be able to prepare themselves,
dressing appropriately, fitting and adjusting the helmet
independently & be able to recognise if they are able to
cycle independently.
the bike
All children will learn how to adjust a bike seat to fit their
own height, check the tires are pumped up, check breaks
are working effectively and be able to name at least some
parts of the bike. Children will also be able to understand
how they can make their bike even safer when riding in
poor light. The main aim is to ensure the bike is safe to ride.
Cycle In this section, children will learn how to set off on their
bike, pedal efficiently, utilise the gears appropriately, slow
down when required, stop safely (emergency and gradual
breaking). All the skills will embed avoiding hazards,
turning, being able to look over the shoulder, use one hand
to signal & make U turns. All these skills will be embedded
into fun activities encouraging children to practice and
perfect the skills to achieve a level they can utilise outside
of the playground when cycling.



• Children are able to ride a pedal bike with confidence independently.
• Children are prepared at all times to apply the skills learnt whilst cycling to keep themselves
safe whilst cycling.
• Development of knowledge of a bike and how to recognise if a bike may not be safe.
• Children understand safety equipment (helmet) and are able to fit this themselves, children
understand how to use a bike with consideration for other users of public places, knowing
how to safely avoid hazards as well as emergency stop if necessary.


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