Leven Valley C of E Primary School


Class 1 lunchtime biking

A couple of times a week at lunchtimes, Class 1 get the balance bikes and pedal bikes out  once the juniors have gone indoors. There's nothing like that feeling of taking control of a bike and riding without any support - it's one of those milestones in life! And not only for the child, but for parents and staff alike!

Cycling contributes hugely to gross motor control development, body awareness and a sense of well-being, all of which adds up to increased self-esteem and confidence. 


Working with Cyclewise, Cumbria County Council's chosen provider, junior aged children receive Bikeability training led by fully qualified instructors. 

How does Bikeability work? 

There are three Bikeability levels and children will be encouraged and inspired to achieve levels one and two, recognising that there is always more to learn and to enjoy on a bike.

Level 1 is where you learn to take control your bike in a traffic free environment. By completing Level 1, you can show you have the skills to ride where there are no cars, safely and competently and that you are ready to start your  on road training. 

But don't stop at Level 1! 

Level 2 is where you start to ride with real traffic using quieter roads. By completing Level 2 you can show you have the skills to make a trip safely on quiet roads and cycle lanes and maybe even competent enough to start riding to school.

Class 3 Residential journey

Biking is a key component in our outdoor residential for the Year 5 & 6 children - it forms part of our transport to get to our accommodation! The journey is the culmination of the children's experience and training over the years, a chance to use their skills out in the real world and for a real purpose. And of course, it's a very sustainable form of transport!  The route is definitely a challenge (by design) but the rewards and sense of achievement are high. The views are pretty good too!