Another cold and windy day, but nothing seems to deter our hardy cyclists at Warren Mead, as we currently stand in 3rd position in the country. Today the children enjoyed the Water Cycle, they competed as a class to transfer as much water from one end of the playground to the other. The children found ingenious ways to cover the holes to stop the water escaping. The year group winners were as follows:
Year 3 Chestnut
Year 4 Rowan
Year 5 Birch
Year 6 Cedar
It was a great day all round for Chestnut, as not only did they win the Water Cycle they came top of the leaderboard for the most bikes and scooters- Wow! A really big well done to Oak class who nearly doubled the amount of cyclists today, every little helps!
Luckily, the weather was kinder to us today and we completed the Paper Round activity with every class. Well done to everyone who took part with such enthusiasm especially the Bike Crew who braved the wind and worked tirelessly all day, running around collecting newspapers . The winners of each year group were as follows:
Year 3 - Beech
Year 4 – Rowan
Year 5 – Birch
Year 6 – Willow
Even though we have slipped slightly into 4th position in the country, we actually had a record number of 212 bikes and 33 scooters today! What an astounding achievement! There were a lot of changes in the leaderboard today, with a special mention to Chestnut who rose from 11th to 4th position- well done, keep it up! But despite stiff competition the top two places remained the same with Willow in 2nd and Cedar in the top spot for the 2nd day running.
After such an amazing day yesterday we are currently 4th in the country. Woohoo!! Even though there wasn’t a Bike It activity today, the children have still done themselves proud with 197 bikes and 48 scooters; all of which enjoyed cycle playtime in the sunshine. The competition between the classes for our daily trophy is extremely close, with several changes at the top. Willow class are today’s proud winners!
The children are looking forward to tomorrow’s big event - Paper Round. Unfortunately the weather doesn’t look promising but we will go ahead with the event, so please ensure your child has coat and gloves. After each class has completed the event, they will be offered a lovely warming cup of hot chocolate (with optional cream and marshmallows) and a biscuit for a small charge of 50p.
Thank you all for your support.
WOW! What an amazing start to Day 1 of the Big Pedal. It was lovely this morning watching so many children and parents arriving at school on bikes and scooters. The children had a wonderful time enjoying their brunch. Thank you so much for your fantastic support, we couldn’t do it without you. Today Pine class won the trophy for the highest percentage of bikes and scooters. Who will it be tomorrow? Wheelie Great Adventure sponsorship forms have gone out today. The child who collects the most sponsorship money will win a prize. All monies raised will go towards our new off road cycle track.
The Big Pedal 2017, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. It’s free to enter and we would love everyone to be involved. Over the last 3 years, we have had amazing success and strive to maintain our outstanding achievements.
On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. Our best 5 days will determine our final position in the challenge. We’ll be competing against other schools right across the UK, and if we clock up the most bike and scooter journeys we’ll win!.
It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling to school on their bikes and scooters. We think you’ll enjoy less congestion outside our school gates too!
All you need to do is encourage your child(ren) to cycle or scoot to school every day during the event, and join them on their way – parent and sibling journeys count too!
Here is an overview of the exciting events and activities we are organising, to encourage the children to cycle. Put the dates in your diary and look out for future letters regarding individual events.
Details of activities and events
Cycle playtimes will be held every day. Playtimes will be held as a year group and supervised by members of staff. Children MUST wear helmet when cycling on the school grounds.
Raffle tickets Each day a child cycles (two tickets) or scoots (one ticket) they will be issued with a ticket This will be entered into a draw at the end of the week. The more tickets they have, the greater the chance of winning a prize.
Monday 20th March – ‘Bike it Brunch’ Letters have already been sent and replies are required by Friday 17th March.
Wednesday 23rd March – Paper Round- This exciting event, based on the idea of the American paper boys, is back by popular demand. The children will throw their newspapers into a variety of targets with varying difficulty. Children will compete as a class within their year group. This event is suitable for all levels of ability.
Friday 24th March- Red Nose day – Water Cycle. This is an old favourite as each class competes within their year group to transport as much water as possible across the playground. This event is suitable for levels of ability
Monday 27th March – Wheelie Great Adventure. This will involve a skills course on the playground and an off road skills/endurance course on the field. It will be a sponsored event to raise money for our new off road cycle track. Children will compete in their year groups. There will be medals for children achieving the greatest combined distance.
Tuesday 28th March – ‘Bike It Bake Off’
A new and exciting activity for the children to enjoy! Each class will design and make a bike - made of cakes. These cake masterpieces will be displayed and judged before being eaten and enjoyed by the children.
Parent and Child Bike it Bake off
Parents will be invited to make a ‘bike themed cake’, with their child, at home and bring to school for judging alongside the class cakes. (This would be a separate competition to the class cakes) These cakes would be raffled at a £1 per ticket. All funds raised will go towards our off-road cycle track.
Wednesday 29th March Yrs 5 & 6 and Thursday 30th March Yrs 3 & 4
The Ultimate Limbo Competition. Children will compete against children in their year group to test their amazing skills to get under the bike limbo poles. Winners will be decided on the difference between the height of the pole and the height of the handlebars of the bike. The overall winning finalists will receive a special cycling medal. Suitable for all levels of ability.
Friday 31st March - Bike Art Attack
Another innovative idea at Warren Mead! We are planning on creating a huge picture of a bike, made up of the children and their bikes. This will take place on the field, to be photographed from above. Therefore we will need all the children to cycle to school to be able to create this wonderful idea.
Please take the opportunity over the weekend to ensure your child’s bike is in tip top condition (i.e tyres pumped up, working brakes etc) to enable them to join in all the fun!
Helmets must be worn at all times, when cycling in the school grounds.