Learn about the history of cycling from the first road bikes of 1817 to the concept bikes of the present day; find out about the British cycling team and the development of cycling as a sport; design, build and race your very own mini concept bike.

Session 1 Road cycling

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

Design and Technology

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of functional products that are fit for purpose.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and prototypes.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the history of cycling, what the first road bicycles looked like and how they have developed. Research members of the British cycling team and get to know what cycling for their country means to them. Design a concept bike and discuss improvements with peers.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand about the history of cycling, what the first road bicycles looked like and how they have developed.
  • To research members of the British cycling team and get to know what cycling for their country means to them.
  • To discuss, sketch and annotate a design for a concept bicycle.

Children will:

  • Understand about the history of cycling, what the first road bicycles looked like and how they have developed.
  • Recognise some members of the British cycling team and discuss what cycling for their country might mean to them.
  • Discuss, sketch and annotate a design for a concept bicycle.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 2 Off-road cycling

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

Design and Technology

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of functional products that are fit for purpose. Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and prototypes.

Teaching and Activities

Study a timeline of bike design and the development of off-road cycling as a sport. Get to know some Britons who partake in off-road cycling for their country and what that might mean for them. Start to build, from a design, a concept bike.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To further study a timeline of bike design and the development of off-road cycling as a sport.
  • To get to know some Britons who partake in off-road cycling for their country and what that might mean for them.
  • To start to build a concept bike based on their design.

Children will:

  • Understand in more detail the timeline of bike design and the development of off-road cycling as a sport.
  • Become familiar with some Britons who partake in off-road cycling for their country and what that might mean for them.
  • Build a concept bike based on their design.

Provided Resources

  • How to build a mini concept bike out of cardboard
  • Design sheet from previous session

You Will Need

  • Equipment and materials needed for building of concept bike (see design sheet)
  • Timelines from Session 1
  • Print-outs from the Timeline of cycling

Session 3 Bike race

Objectives

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

Design and Technology

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of functional products that are fit for purpose.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and prototypes.

Teaching and Activities

Design and make your own concept bike and be part of a downhill race of mini concept bikes. Recreate the spectator experience and cheer on the competitors. Understand what it may feel like to compete, wearing the GB team kit.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To be part of a downhill race of mini cardboard concept bikes.
  • To recreate the spectator experience and cheer on the competitors.
  • To understand what it may feel like to compete, wearing the GB team kit.
  • To finish the making of the concept bike and refine, test and evaluate the design.

Children will:

  • Recreate the spectator experience and cheer on the competitors.
  • Understand what it may feel like to compete, wearing the GB team kit.
  • Finish the making of the concept bike and refine, test and evaluate the design.

You Will Need

  • Design sheet from previous session
  • Equipment and materials needed for building of concept bike (see design sheet)
  • Musical instruments
  • String
  • Tape
  • Stop watch.