Here at The Abbey we do all we can to promote healthy lifestyles, and our latest initiative is to encourage staff and children to consider cycling to school.
Several members of staff have received initial training from Sustrans and Bike North Birmingham, look out for great cycling events and activities on our school newsletter.
Cycling has great health benefits, saves money and is sustainable - why not give it a try?
Members of our lunchtime Bike Club.
Our new Year 6 children enjoyed their first lunchtime bike club of the academic year.
Travelling to a variety of local parks, children get to develop their cycling skills on the road after passing Level 2 bikeability in July. We all enjoy a picnic lunch before travelling back to school in time for afternoon lessons.
We are very grateful to our two parent volunteers, without whom this club could not run.
Another successful week of 'Bikeability Training' has culminated in 22 of our pupils achieving Level 2 proficiency.
To meet the criteria of this award pupils have to demonstrate competence on the road, starting and finishing a journey that shows awareness of traffic around them. They need to show secure road positioning, clear signalling and an awareness of the highway code.
Together we look forward to another great year of cycling ahead!
A couple of our Year 6 pupils after their bike ride.
Our Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to keep the Bikeability level 2 skills up to date with a weekly ride.
Travelling to a local park via road and cycle path, pupils enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to school.
Our weekly rides lead up to a longer outing in summer term.
Some of our young cyclists.
Our Year 2/3 After School Bike Club has started again, giving children the chance to develop their skills.
Children will learn how to increase their control and awareness through fun games, preparing them for bikeability training later in KS2.
Showing off our cycling certificates.
17 July 2018
29 of our oldest children had the opportunity to take part in Bikeability Training with external trainers.
Children developed the skills of safe on road cycling which including positioning, signalling, turning and hazard awareness.
A massive 23 children passed the Level 2, the remainder achieving Level 1.
Our lunchtime cycle club will resume in September with our Level 2 cyclists, allowing them the chance to put all their new skills into continued practice.
25 June 2018
It might have been one of the hottest days of the year, but that didn't stop our intrepid cyclists from undertaking their longest ride yet. This last ride of the school year is the conclusion of weeks of regular cycling and skill building during lunchtime bike club.
Leaving school at midday, our cyclists travelled via the beautiful Newhall Valley to Sutton Park, practising their road cycling skills over an extended period.
After enjoying a picnic lunch and an ice-cream, our resilient team completed their 10 mile ride back to school.
We are really proud of all the children and the progress made this year - keep cycling!
Receiving our award at the Council House.
21 June 2018
We are thrilled to have been awarded a Silver award from Modeshift Stars which recognises all the additional work our Travel Team have done to encourage sustainable travel.
Representatives of Travel Team were invited to the Council House where they gave an excellent presentation to Councillors and other schools outlining the initiatives we have been running in school.
Children also had time to attend several mini workshops to help develop our ideas and inspire us towards or next step - going for gold!
Children enjoying cycling activities.
As part of our on going commitment to ensure all pupils leave the Abbey in Year 6 as competent cyclists, this year we focussed on learning to ride.
A total of 50 children signed up for sessions which took place in school time.
Children mastered balancing and pedalling, enjoying the freedom that 'ditching the stabilisers' gives.
We are particularly pleased with the resilience and perseverance the children displayed, well done to all of you!
Bikes checked, and ready to go.
24 April 2018
Despite the less than perfect weather our keen cyclists were happy to be on the road again after their short break.
We started by giving our bikes a thorough check over, always important before a ride.
We are all looking forward to our summer of cycling adventures.
Proudly displaying our runner-up certificate.
15 November 2017
We were thrilled to be nominated for a regional award for our great work supporting sustainable travel.
Travel Team representatives attended the event which provided a great opportunity to meet other schools and hear about the great ideas that they have.
Achieving runner up position in the Primary category, we will be continuing our work and aiming for the prize again next year!
The tem on our first excursion.
25 September 2017
Staff were very impressed by the standard of cycling demonstrated by our new Bike Club.
Our first excursion took us to Pype Hayes Park where we stopped for a picnic lunch and some free time in the play area. We were also delighted to meet one of our friendly neighbourhood PCSO's who took time to stop and say hello.
The group were all still smiles as we returned to school 2.5 miles later and are looking forward to more two wheeled outings.
Some of our new club members.
18 September 2017
We are delighted to welcome 13 of our newly qualified Level 2 Bikeability students to our lunchtime bike club.
Our first session focused on bike safety and control and discussing the route and necessary safety considerations.
We look forward to our first ride to Pype Hayes Park next week and our year of cycling adventures!
20 June 2017
After several weeks of cycling practice our bike club went out on a longer ride to Sutton Park. Our journey took us both on road and off road through the beautiful New Hall Valley via Sutton Coldfield.
After our five mile journey to the park we gathered natural materials to use as a prayer focus. We joined together to offer prayers of thanks for the world around us and the opportunities the Lord presents to us.
After all our exertions we enjoyed a picnic lunch and game of football followed by an ice-cream.
We are really proud of the way our bike club have developed their skills over the last month and look forward to the remainder of our Tuesday lunchtime outings.
Our prayer focus.
Enjoying an ice cream.
Some of our cycling club members.
13 June 2017
Our fabulous cyclists have developed their road skills thanks to our amazing Bike Leader staff.
Our weekly cycling club are now completing a five-mile cycle using main roads and cycle paths.
We are very proud of the effort and commitment of our pupils and staff.
Enjoying more biking activities.
12 June 2017
Key Stage 2 enjoyed sessions in the glorious sunshine for the second week of our annual bike fortnight.
Each day children who couldn't yet ride were taught to ditch the stabilisers by our trained bike leaders, supported by their friends.
Competent cyclists faced balance and hands free challenges to further develop their skills.
Enjoying cycling activities.
5 June 2017
Key Stage 1 made a great start to our annual bike fortnight with a daily rotation of activities including scootability, balanceability, cycle skills and road safety.
The weather didn't put anyone off as they worked hard on developing these important life skills.
Lunchtime Bike Club.
Following their successful completion of Bikeability Level 2 training, Year 6 students were invited to take part in Lunchtime Bike Club. This will be a regular club culminating in a longer led ride later in the summer.
We had beautiful weather for our first outing and our 15 students cycled to Pype Hayes Park where we enjoyed an al-fresco lunch in the sunshine.
Our 2.6 mile route took us back along Plants Brook and then on to local roads, giving students the chance to further develop their cycling skills.
Enjoying one of our cycling activities.
Children from every year band enjoyed a fortnight of cycling activities.
Games and races were played which develop the skills needed to be a successful cyclist.
Lots of children and families cycled to and from school, helping to ease our busy roads.
Winners of The Big Pedal 2016.
29 April 2016
We had a fantastic response from pupils, parents and staff during the Sustrans Big Pedal fortnight (from 18 to 29 April).
We were declared the overall winner in Birmingham with a fantastic 2302 journeys by bike or scooter over the period.
We are all really looking forward to our prize of a visiting stunt bike display team. Trophies were awarded to the winning classes (both Reception!) and medals for our winning individual cyclists.
Some of our fabulous bakes.
26 April 2016
As part of the Sustrans 'Big Pedal' competition we ran our very own Abbey Bake Off.
Children were invited to bake a cake using The Big Pedal as their inspiration. We had a fantastic response and some very creative (and delicious!) cakes were presented for judging.
Thank you to parents and children for supporting this great event.
Our winning entrants.
As part of our sustainable travel initiative we have joined forces with Living Streets to provide monthly incentives to our pupils who travel to school in a healthy and sustainable way.
A competition was held in school for pupils to design a badge, and our top three entries have been entered into the national competition.
The theme of the competition was 'Our Neighbourhood' and our three winning entrants had interpreted this effectively within their designs. Hopefully we will see these designs being used on badges next year.
As a result of successful completion of advanced cycling training in the Summer term, some of our super cyclists have joined our brand new lunchtime cycling club.
We are also very proud of our staff who have qualified as cycle leaders with BikeNorthBirmingham to lead these sessions.
17 July 2015
Another hugely successful week of Bikeability Training has ended with 14 children achieving Level 1 and 11 achieving Level 2.
We are very grateful to our excellent instructors and thank them for all their hard work over the fortnight.
10 July 2015
We are very proud of all the children who took part in Bikeability Training this week.
Level 1 was achieved by eight children - a great achievement.
The remaining 14 children achieved Level 2 enabling them to confidently cycle on the road, which will come in very useful as they prepare to move on to secondary school and increased independence.
8 to 10 June 2015
Children at the Abbey have enjoyed our second annual bike fortnight, packed full of fabulous cycling activities to encourage us all to be more active, travel sustainably and increase our skills and knowledge. The activities have been a huge success - so much so that planning is already underway for next year!
Each year band participated in a whole morning of cycling and scooting activities and every child in school was able to take part in this valuable learning experience.
Ditch the Stabilisers
We are delighted that a total of 31 children learned to ride their bikes and 'ditch the stabilisers' with help from our school cycle champions. What an incredible achievement!
Our local branch of Halfords in Erdington very generously came in to school to deliver a bike maintenance session. Children in Year 6 learned how to carry out safety checks, make minor adjustments and also to repair punctures. Thanks Halfords!
Cycle Skills Club
A new after school cycle skills club has begun, run by two parent helpers. Year 3 and 4 pupils will learn how to control their bikes safely, and develop their skills through fun games.
Balance Bikes and Filming with Bike North Birmingham
Thanks to support from our PTFA we have been able to purchase a set of balance bikes for use in school. Balance bikes are an invaluable tool in helping children to learn to balance, an essential first step to becoming a competent cyclist.
We were delighted to have been chosen by Bike North Birmingham to be the stars of their new promotional video showcasing all the excellent work we do in school with support from BNB. Watch this space for details of the finished video.
Staff Bike Ride
Staff from the Abbey met up with staff from Star Cars to enjoy a led ride to Sutton Park after work. Twenty staff from both workplaces enjoyed a beautiful ride through the Newhall Valley, and were filmed and interviewed by BNB for a promotional video.
Bling Your Bike
Our theme this year was 'Superheroes' and we had some fabulous entries. After a great deal of deliberation our overall winner was chosen and awarded a cycle computer. All our entrants received BNB goodies for their fabulous efforts.
Design a Cycle Helmet Competition
This year our competition challenge was to design a cycle helmet and we had lots of entries from our creative pupils. Our winning entrant created an incredible eye-catching 3D model of a helmet.
Our Golden Ticket prize box.
We are doing all we can here at the Abbey to make sure that our pupils are encouraged to travel to school in a healthy and sustainable way, and our Golden Ticket Box gives an added incentive.
If you walk, cycle or scoot to school pop your name in the Golden Ticket Box (located in the Year 6 corridor) and one lucky winner will be pulled out every month.
We will also be awarding medals and additional spot prizes for our regular healthy commuters.
25 February 2015
We were delighted to be among four Birmingham employers who have been recognised for their dedication to encouraging employees to cycle.
The Top Cycle Location Awards took place at a special breakfast event at the city's Central Library. The award scheme is a partnership between Sustrans and Birmingham City Council's Bike North Birmingham project.
Here at the Abbey we recognise the importance of encouraging cycling, as it provides health, cost and environmental benefits. We are very grateful for all the support we have received from Sustrans and Bike North Birmingham.
Cycling Ambassador with the running club members.
Our school Cycling Ambassador is putting our school bicycle to good use by supporting our very successful running club.
Each Thursday lunchtime our cycle out-rider helps to motivate runners and ensures safety.
Bike North Birmingham ran another successful competition, entrants having to design a 3D 'pop up' card showing Santa on his bike. Our winners were delighted with their prize of lots of useful cycling goodies.
Staff from the Abbey have been receiving bike maintenance training from Cycle Chain and Bike North Birmingham, covering essential areas such as puncture repair, brake and gear adjustments and safety checks.
We are now equipped to support our pupils during cycling activities, and will be passing on these skills to children.
Cyclying award presentation.
1 December 2014
We were delighted to receive an award from Lisa at Sustrans, recognising Abbey staff for their exceptional volunteering support over the last year.
The partnership between School, Sutrans and Bike North Birmingham has been immensely successful, long may it contine!
17 October 2014
Children have built up a range of new skills over the course, which takes place after school. Over five weeks, we have learnt how to safety check our bikes, start and stop safely, manoeuvre confidently around obstacles and signal clearly to other road leaders.
We are grateful to Bike North Birmingham for supporting us, watch this space for dates of new courses.
Bike North Birmingham's display.
15 October 2014
We were delighted to welcome Bike North Birmingham today as they hosted a 'Bike Breakfast' to encourage and reward members of staff who had cycled to work.
It was a great opportunity to promote the Winter Challenge and pass on information about all the support available to cyclists.
10 July 2014
On Thursday 10th July 2014 we enjoyed a visit from Robert Goodwill, MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.
We were delighted to be able to showcase all the great cycling activities that take place at our school to the visiting dignitaries. Our Cycle Champions ran a Bikeability session and discussed the benefits to the school, staff and pupils of cycling and our hope for continued investment.
Representatives from Bike North Birmingham had chosen the Abbey as a flagship school, recognising the hard work, commitment and investment from staff and school leadership.
9 to 18 July 2014
The children really enjoyed taking part in our bike activities. In fact, some of the teachers even had a go!
30 June 2014
We came together as a school to celebrate all the fantastic achievements during our Cycle to School Fortnight.
We were delighted to award a special prize to sisters in Year 4 and Year 2 who cycle to school every day. we had so many regular cyclists that we had to pull names from a hat to award the remaining prizes. We were especially pleased to recognise the 32 children who successfully 'ditched the stabilisers' and are on their way to becoming confident cyclists. The four winners of our 'design a bike competition' received a super new bell for their bikes.
We could not have organised so many fun and engaging activities without the support of Bike North Birmingham. Huge thanks to Rachel and Lucy.
25 June 2014
Children from across the school were given the opportunity to take part in a cycle baton relay to celebrate the Commonwealth Games, in partnership with the Kingsbury Schools Sports Partnership.
Supported by school cycle champions, Rachel from BNB, a parent volunteer and a willing helper from St Edmund Campion School the relay team cycled all the way to Holland House School. Our route used both roads and cycle paths and went through the beautiful Newhall Valley, a distance of around four miles each way.
We received a fabulous welcome from Holland House School, with entertainment and refreshments.
We are really proud of all our cyclists.
Showing off our new vests.
23 June 2014
We were delighted to receive some brand new high-vis vests from a local firm of solicitors.
Shoosmiths Solicitors had heard of all the fantastic cycling activities taking place in school and decided to support us.
We hope this partnership continues as we try to encourage more of our school community to travel to school in an active way.
10 June 2014
On Tuesday 10th June, Year 1 children had a great time blinging their bikes and scooters. This fun activity was part of our cyling fortnight, encouraging more people to have an active journey to school.
A packed fortnight of cycle activities took place in school with the aim of encouraging more of our pupils to become regular cyclists. Activities included cycle skills, scooter skills, ditch the stabilisers, bike numeracy, bling your bike and 'What's the Watt' - a science based activity.
Thanks to Rachel and all at Bike North Birmingham for all their support.
Our new bike and accessories.
30 April 2014
We were delighted to take delivery of our brand new bike and accessories from Bike North Birmingham, our prize for being the top workplace in the recent challenge.
Along with our new shelter, and bike racks, we hope we can continue to encourage more people to give cycling a go.
28 April 2014
With support from Bike North Birmingham, Year 4 had a whole day of bike themed learning. Children learned how to identify and repair punctures and how to avoid them. Numeracy skills were used to solve cycle related problems.
On the playground, children participated on scootability and bikeability, learning how to start and stop safely and be aware of their surroundings. We were also delighted to support 6 children to 'ditch the stabilisers' and ride independently.
Thanks to all at Bike North Birmingham for a super day.
Over the Easter holidays a bike and scooter rack were installed for the use of pupils and a shelter for adult bikes. It is great to have a secure, designated place to leave our bikes and scooters. Thanks Bike North Birmingham!
Rachel from Bike North Birmingham delivered a staff training session to show how we can offer inventive cross curricular learning based on cycling. From bike maths to literacy, via healthy living and science, the possibilities are endless and we are all inspired!
Over 30% of Abbey staff took part in the recent Bike North Birmingham workplace challenge, cycling or walking to school. A great achievement!
Cycle Information Stalls
Along with Bike North Birmingham, staff hosted cycling information stalls at our recent parent teacher consultation sessions. Hopefully helping more people in our school community to give cycling a go.
Dozens of children and parents cycled to school and left their bikes at school to receive a free 'MOT'courtesy of Bike North Birmingham. It's great to know that our bikes are in good working order.
Bike North Birmingham Bake-Off
Abbey staff attended a Bike North Birmingham seminar and took part in a 'Bake Off' competition. We were delighted to be awarded first place for best overall cake.