On Friday 25th April, as a reward for winning the Greenside Bike to School Challenge, Sycamore class went on a days cycle ride and scoot, in and around Tyne Riverside Country Park.
On Friday morning, 18 excited children and 6 enthusiastic parents turned up at school with bikes and scooters in order to embark on the year 4 bike ride and scoot. As part of the trip Alison Litherland from Sustrans (A charity for sustainable transport) organised a cycle safety session and a look around the local rowing club on the banks of the Tyne – Tyne United Rowing Club. The children learned about the different types of boats and rowing events as well as the incredible work the rowers do in the up keep of the club and the boats. As part of the cycle and scoot safety session, children learned how to stop safely, how to test whether their helmet fitted them correctly and a quick cycle maintenance test they can carry out themselves.
After lunch the ride and scoot commenced. The cyclists headed towards Wylam and the Scooters towards Newburn and eventually met up at Newburn Park for some activities before heading back to school. Each child was given an opportunity to lead the overall group of cyclists and children and learned many interesting things about the local area on the way.
After meeting up, both groups headed back to school for a well deserved ice cream, which they even shared with the adult helpers!
A great time was had by all and Sycamore Class would like to say a special THANK YOU to the adult helpers and Alison from Sustrans, without whom, the trip would not have been possible. The class are looking forward to the next challenge and are already planning what they would do for a prize day… if they win…. Let the challenge begin!