The Early Years classes have been inquiring into different forms of transport found in our community. In PE, we have been exploring the different ways we can move our bodies and build our physical abilities. These two units provided the perfect opportunity to further our understandings with a fun-filled “Bike Day” event at school last week.
Everyone brought “wheels” to school
The children were invited to bring their “wheels” to school. Students arrived with bicycles, tricycles, scooters and other child- powered transport. We brainstormed together ways to set up our outdoor space so that we could participate joyfully and safely. We agreed that traffic should flow in the same direction and a group of EY2 students and teachers marked the bike path with sidewalk chalk. We also included a refuelling station, bike decorating table and “Bike Wash” to the space.
Adding streamers to make our bikes festive
Naturally, this was a very physical day and provided many opportunities to build gross motor ability, spatial awareness skills and to engage in a healthy and fun activity. The experience of collaborating together to make a big event like Bike Day happen successfully also enabled the children to use and develop many other skills. As children negotiated about sharing space, they were building their repertoires of social skills including concepts like working together, compromising and listening to the ideas of others. There were countless language opportunities as children engaged in rich dialogue about their experiences including specialised transport vocabulary.
Getting just the right balance
We all wore helmets for safety
Complex, meaningful opportunities to engage in multi-layered learning like the many components of Bike Day, fosters children’s social, emotional and physical development. Here are some of the students’ reflections on the experience:
Alex- “I liked racing with my friends”.
Ffion- “It was fun. I could go fast on my bike”.
Nicolas- “I could ride my bike on the gravel with my friends”.
Letizia – “The part that I liked was when I ride my bike, cleaned it and got gass”.
Oliver – “My bike I have cleaned, then again and again. I get my bike dirty”.
Pippa – “I liked that Letizia gave me her bike. I liked to ride her bike because mine was too hard. I washed Letizia’s bike”.
Charles – “On the bike Diego he play with me. He love me. Chloé hugged me. Chloé hold the scooter for me. She played with me”.
Mats – “Bike Day was the best day ever! I want to do it every day”.
Villum – “I think I will bring my bike again tomorrow. I think Mr. Moynihan will let me”.
Drew- “I liked sharing bikes with William”.
Amanda- “Me and Gushi went really fast on our scooters”.
Kirsty- “I liked it when Lilly cycled on Clara’s two wheeler even though she thought she couldn’t”.
Bike Day was a special event to share with friends
Moving our bodies makes us feel joyful and healthy
Preparing to ride
Enjoying our bikes together with teachers
Photographs by the ICS EY Teachers