Balance-Ability for Schools

UK's first accredited 'learn to cycle' programme

Balance-Ability for Schools

UK's first accredited 'learn to cycle' programme

What is Balance-Ability?

Balance-ability is the UK's first accredited 'learn to cycle' programme for children aged 2½ to 6 years old.

The programme is a structured course that combines unique ergonomic balance bikes with a schedule of fun activities that build confidence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance skills enabling young children to cycle without ever needing stabilisers.

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Promote the benefits of cycling

RB Gym and Sport offer an AFPE approved programme ‘Balance-ability’ for schools to promote the physical benefits of cycling for young children as well as providing a fun and engaging activity.

For children, schools provide the most accessible, and sometimes only opportunity for regular, structured play, physical education, physical activity, and sports. Not only does Balance-ability teach children how to ride without stabilisers, but also teaches balance, gross motor skills, core stability and of course, having fun through physical activity.

​Schools have a range of objectives in promoting cycling, such as:

  • Improving children's health, fitness, and safety knowledge
  • Reducing the number of cars on the school run
  • Increasing active travel
  • Enabling younger pupils to make progress on their physical literacy journey.

Key Features

Here's why you should consider adopting our programme:

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How does RB Gym and Sport’s address the DFE Standards?

Professional development should have a clear focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes

  • Differentiated activities and lessons to ensure all pupils are challenged and make swift progress.
  • Regular shared assessment to match needs, experience and knowledge to curriculum support activities and delivery.

Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise​

  • Pre and post audit/evaluation.
  • Impact data reports.
  • Curriculum progress recording.
  • Quality assurance through regular observations and training.
  • Evidence reported on professional development forms.
  • Each member of staff has their own personal development folder to help develop, support, reflect and evidence progress​.

Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge

  • Sport Educators provide ongoing support, modelling, and challenge.
  • Regular feedback to help create, achieve, and reflect on weekly goals.

Professional development should include collaboration and expert challenge

  • Delivered on site in your lesson with your pupils.
  • Mentoring relationship pre, during and post lesson delivery.
  • Ongoing support for all teachers taking part.
  • Sport Educator can help engage children in sustained physical activity opportunitiese.g. Extra-curricular clubs, playleader awards etc.

Why is Balance-Ability important for children?

Pedal independently

Nearly half of the UK’s kids are unable to ride a bike by the time they turn six due to the increased pressures of modern lifestyles. By the time children reach year 5, only 50% of pupils on average can ride a pedal bike independently. Through a fun and safe introduction to riding a bike, Balance-ability aims to 'embed in the psyche' of young children that cycling is a part of life.

Improve skills

By improving balance and sensory processing skills, children with healthy vestibular systems can excel and those with challenges or weaknesses (those with Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, ADD and ADHD) can improve dramatically.

Enjoy physical activity

Fundamental motor skills are the building blocks for engagement in physical activity and aid all aspects of the learning process. If these skills are underdeveloped in childhood, children's ability to participate in and enjoy physical activity can be greatly diminished. In practicing gross and fine motor skills, children not only gain intellectually, but also grow in strength, develop new skills, and enjoy increased confidence levels in the face of new challenges.

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Activities

Fast Track

Demonstrate height and control of the body whilst you combine a variety of gymnastics jumps together across a 10-metre-long trampoline

Trampoline

Feel what it’s like to fly as you explore a range of jump, turns and seat drops on the trampoline.

A-Bars

Circle forward on the bar, use your strength to hold shapes and swing forwards and backwards on the A-Symmetrical bars.

Beam

Walk tall on tip toes 4 foot off the floor, in a variety of directions, perform ½ and 1/1 turns and stay as still as a statue as we test your 1 footed balance’s.

Floor

Perfect your forward roll across the floor and perform it from a jump onto high equipment.

Vault

Unleash your power as you run, hurdle step and squat on to various vaulting equipment.

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How is it Delivered in a School Setting?

The Balance-Ability programme is specifically designed for Nursery, Reception and Year 1 pupils. The course is made up of 12 weekly sessions, 6 sessions for level 1 and 6 sessions for level 2. You can also have the programme for a whole year using it as an intervention to support least active children.

When delivering in school, the maximum group size for each session is 10 pupils. Each session is advised to last between 35-45 minutes. If opting for a 1/2 day of Balance-Ability (morning or afternoon) then this would allow you to do 3 sessions and complete the programme with one whole class of 30. If opting for a whole day, then this would allow for a total of 6 sessions to be completed - 2 whole classes of 30.​

The course is usually delivered within the school hall, however during the summer months, can be delivered outside on the playground.​

Learning and Development

Within Level 1, fundamental movement patterns, gross motor skills and dynamic balance are incorporated along with an introduction to the balance bike. Children learn how to pick up, manoeuvre, mount and dismount their bikes and how to ride a balance bike safely. Level 1 aims to build confidence in the ability to glide on a balance bike and how to stop in a controlled manner.

Level 2 continues the development of gross motor skills, dynamic balance and co-ordination and progresses to advanced balance-ability. The main goal is to improve the child's gliding, stopping, braking, and turning skills, enabling them to ride solo on a pedal bike safely and with confidence by the end of the program.

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Choosing Swim:ED creates a streamlined, effective swimming programme in  your primary school. Ensuring many distinct advantages, such as:

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How your school can budget
for English on the Move

PE and Sport Premium

English on the Move addresses key indicators and raises the profile of physical activity across the whole school as a tool for whole-school improvement.

Pupil Premium

English on the Move raises the confidence and attainment of your pupils and ‘closes the gap’.

English Budget

English on the Move introduces innovative methods and helps your pupils achieve national standards in English.

Funding for Balance-Ability

Schools can utilize their Sport Premium Funding with Balance-Ability meeting the following targets:

  • Embedding physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active break times and active lessons and teaching.

  • Develop or add to the PE, Physical Activity and Sport that your school provides.

  • Providing targeted activities or support to involve and encourage the least active children.

Hassle free evidence and impact for teachers

RB Gym and Sport Educators ensure that Balance-ability is a progressive 'outcome based' learning programme where children are assessed at regular points throughout the course in order to monitor and measure progress. Schools will receive assessment data to help them account for physical literacy within children and a short impact report to help evidence the programme to Ofsted and use in your Sport Premium Evidence and Impact report.

All resources included

All Balance-ability sessions come with:

  • An accredited RB Gym and Sport Balance-ability Instructor

  • Balance-ability bikes and pedal bikes

  • Balance and co-ordination training aids

  • Road awareness signs and course cones

  • Visual activity cards

A vital life skill every child deserves

Swimming is an essential life skill. Alarmingly, 1 in  4 children in England leave primary school unable to swim 25 metres or perform crucial safe self-rescue—this could surge to 1 in 3 by 2025, if  no action is  taken. Swim:ED is here to stem the tide, ensuring every pupil is equipped with this life-saving skill.

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I would whole-heartedly recommend RB Gym and Sport for any school looking for high-quality professionals with a clear understanding of the Primary PE Curriculum.

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Provision: 12 weeks of a Full Day Balance-Ability Programme

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The future of primary school swimming

Swim:ED is an innovative programme that makes swimming education accessible and inclusive for every primary school. Let's dive into its unique features:

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Balance-ability is the fundamental starting point for children's cycling and an excellent opportunity to promote active lifestyles at the earliest possible age. I can see it also provides a natural lead into Bike-ability for Schools and I would encourage all schools to give children the opportunity to use balance bikes.

Chris Boardman MBE – Gold Medal Winning Cyclist

The children are always so enthusiastic when it is time for their balance ability session. They are so proud when the coaches tell us what they have achieved.

Mrs Hawkswood, Reception Class Teacher

We have observed improvements in children's physical development, especially in fine motor skills which has improved standards of writing. The programme also strengthened children’s overall confidence, enabling them to overcome other barriers within their learning.

Mrs Miller, Headteacher

On-site swimming from £10,750

Every primary school is unique and when all costs are considered, Swim:ED is often more cost-effective than a traditional swimming programme. We offer delivery models over 5 to 7 weeks, accommodating up to 180 children in swimming and water safety lessons.

Easily navigate space challenges with our temporary changing rooms, starting at just £250, and enhance your Swim:ED journey by incorporating extra-curricular clubs into your programme, utilising Pupil Premium or PE and Sport Premium funding.

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Why?

Physical Inactivity

Today’s children may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Currently, just 23% of boys and 20% of girls meet the recommended 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. For many children in your school, the school day provides their only opportunity to be active.

Workforce

Ofsted’s new framework highlights health, well-being and behaviour as key priority areas. However, tight budgets have resulted in schools struggling to identify ways in which they can engage children in activity and boost health and well-being throughout the school day. As a result, non-teaching staff are often used to supervise children on the playground. Yet, most receive little or no training.

Engagement

In so many school’s children become bored on the playground and football dominates, mainly because there isn’t anything else to do. Our risk adverse culture and play equipment that usually includes balls, skipping ropes and a few hoops often means there is little to stimulate our pupil’s imagination.

Pupil Behaviour

These common problems lead to a high level of lunchtime incidents and accidents. Lunchtime supervisors are often left to try and resolve petty arguments that can end up carrying over into the classroom.

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How does your school swimming measure up?

Where to start with improving your school's swimming provision? We've got just the tool for you. With the help of our friends at Swim England, we've developed the Primary School Swimming Review, designed to give you insights into your current swimming programme and help identify areas of improvement. You'll receive a FREE personalised report in four minutes or less showing how your school can improve swimming proficiency and water safety by answering a few simple questions.

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There's no set schedule for implementing the programme. If you're interested in adopting the RB Gym and Sports Primary Gymnastics Scheme of Work, simply complete the interest form on our portal.

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