With this being our first block at Tollcross to get us started we are offering a mixed class for the kids over 6 and the younger ones who are ready to make the move onto their pedal bikes. All of the elements the kids learn will be the same and the aim will be to get the kids riding their bikes by the end of the 6 week block!!
Level 2 is split into 2 sections. Weeks 1 & 2 are advanced balance bikes where we continue with building the speed and control as well as increasing the kid’s awareness of time, distance and speed before moving onto 4 weeks on the pedal bikes.
When we move onto the bikes the kids learn about safe starts, safe stops, how to pedal and their overall control on the bike. We would prefer if the kids were at or close to the gliding stage if they are starting at Level 2 without doing Level 1. Kids who have good balance and awareness of balance do well here. If they have experience on scooters or similar helps. Those who can ride a bike on stabilisers still may need to start at level 1 as they aren’t learning about balance on the stabilisers and when these get removed, they can lose all confidence.
The main aim of the advanced class is to build this confidence and show the kids they are in charge of the bikes, how to glide and get them used to the sensation of being on a moving bike using their own balance before progressing it on to the pedal bike. So far it has worked as 3 weeks balance bikes (or the kids own pedal bikes without pedals depending on their height) and 3 weeks of pedals. We had 100% success in the first four blocks of this type of class!! We will assess how the advanced kids are progressing and we will try and keep the full class moving onto their pedals at the same time!!
Dates for the block are: Feb 8th 15th 22nd 29th March 1st and 8th.