A new initiative has been used at a North Shields school to help children learn to ride a bike.
Youngsters at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School have been learning how to ride a bike using ‘balance bikes’.
The bikes have been provided through the ‘Go Smarter to Schools’ initiative which is run through Capita on behalf of North Tyneside Council.
The school is also a Sustrans ‘Bike It’ school through the initiative, which promotes active travel to school.
Staff at the school say the balance bikes have given the children more confidence.
Headteacher Shaun Dillon said: “The bikes eliminate the need for stabilisers.
“We value children’s experiences to enhance their physical development. The balance bikes give our youngest children reassurance of always being able to touch the ground.
“Their natural inclination is to see how far they can ‘coast’ without touching the ground. The transition to a bigger bike is then swift and easier. They are certainly a very positive addition to our early years setting.”
Assistant headteacher Kerry Cottiss added: “Physical development is a huge focus area within the early years curriculum, North Tyneside and our setting.
“As a staff and community team we think that the balance bikes are the best way for children to learn and to actually enjoy riding whilst learning often before they can even pedal.
“Within a few hours of practice children in nursing and reception had mastered the art of balance and glide.
“The bikes are light and easy for children in early years to manoeuvre. As educators, families and most importantly children we simply love them.”