Bike Week Assembly by wpr1947


									                            Bike Week Assembly

Speaker 1:

Good morning and welcome to Primary 6.21’s assembly. We are going to give
you seven clues about the topic of our assembly. We would like you to raise
your hand when you think you guessed what our assembly is about today. We
will ask for your guesses after all the clues have been revealed – remember
don’t give your answers away by shouting them out!

Speaker 2:

It’s a method of transportation.

Speaker 3:

The most crucial element of it was invented in about 3500BC in

Speaker 4:

It came into being, as we know it today, in the 1800s.

Speaker 5:

Early ones where made out of cast iron or even wood. Today they are made
out of exotic materials such as titanium, aluminum and carbon fibre.
Speaker 6:

An early version was known as a velocipede, which in turn was given the name
the boneshaker.

Speaker 7:

If you were very fashionable and possessed one in the seventies, you might
have had a Chopper.

Speaker 8:

Over one billion have them in the world today.

Speaker 9:

Put your hand up if you think you know what our assembly is about today.
(Pick a specific child in the audience and ask for their answer).
Yes, (name child). Well done. You’re correct. Today we are going to be talking
to you about many issues related to bikes and cycling.
Speaker 10:

This is a modern bike which belongs to Elise in our class. However, bikes
haven’t always looked this.

In 1817 Baron von Drais invented a walking machine that would help him get
around the royal gardens faster: two same-size wheels, the front one
steerable, mounted in a frame which you straddled. The device was propelled
by pushing your feet against the ground, thus rolling yourself and the device
forward in a sort of gliding walk. The machine became known as the
Draisienne or hobby horse. It was made entirely of wood. This enjoyed a
short lived popularity as a fad, not being practical for transportation in any
other place than a well maintained pathway such as in a park or garden.

Speaker 11:

The next appearance of a two-wheeled riding machine was in 1865, when
pedals were applied directly to the front wheel. This machine was known as
the velocipede ("fast foot"), but was popularly known as the bone shaker,
since it was also made entirely of wood, then later with metal tyres, and the
combination of these with the cobblestone roads of the day made for an
extremely uncomfortable ride.

Speaker 12:

In 1870 the first all metal machine appeared. The pedals were still
atttached directly to the front wheel with no freewheeling mechanism. Solid
rubber tyres and the long spokes of the large front wheel provided a much
smoother ride than its predecessor. The front wheels became larger and
larger as makers realized that the larger the wheel, the farther you could
travel with one rotation of the pedals. This machine was called the high
wheeled bicycle or the Penny Farthing. These bicycles enjoyed a great
popularity among wealthy, young men in early 1880's. There were many
serious accidents as these bikes would become unstable and their riders
would fall off if the encountered a stone on or hole in the road.
Speaker 13:

The safety bicycle is a type of bicycle that became very popular beginning in
the late 1880s. The first safety, using a diamond frame, was invented by
John Kemp Starley in 1885. "Safeties" are characterized by having two
wheels of identical size, and a chain-driven rear wheel.

In 1887, a Scottish inventor called John Dunlop invented the first pneumatic
or inflatable tyre which made the cyclist ride much smoother and more
comfortable. By the 1890s, almost all new bikes were fitted with this device.

Our bikes haven’t altered much in their basic design since the invention of
the safety bicycle over a hundred years ago.

Speaker 14:

Learning to ride a bike is an important mile stone in many people’s lives.
______ and _____ are going to share their experiences of learning to ride
a bike.

Speaker 15:

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us this morning, _________
and ________.

Many of the Primary Six Pupils have been actively participating in the
Scottish Cycle Training Scheme this term. It is designed to teach us how to
look after our bikes and how to stay safe while cycling on the road.

We would like to tell you about what we have been learning during these
Speaker 16:

You should carry out the following safety checks to ensure your bike is safe
and road worthy prior to setting off on a bike ride.


Speaker 17:

Check that your tyres are pumped up – most people under-inflate their
tyres, which makes cycling more difficult and heightens the risk of

Speaker 18:

Make sure your tyres are not worn, as worn tyres puncture easily and can be
slippery in the wet.

Speaker 19:

Check your brakes – squeeze each lever in turn and push the bike forwards.
The brake and gear cables should both be taut. If the brakes are not
effective or the cables are slack, take your bike to a bike shop.

Speaker 20:

Clean your bike, especially the gears and chain. Oil your chain and any other
exposed moving parts after cleaning: this will keep your bike running
Speaker 21:

Check the height of your saddle and handlebars. Many people have their
saddles too low as they like the convenience of being able to put their foot
down to steady the bike; however, having a saddle that’s too low means your
knees will be excessively bent and can cause discomfort, and also means the
saddle, rather than your legs, carry more of your weight, which is likely to
increase saddle discomfort. Your leg should be straight at the bottom of the
pedal stroke, with your heel placed on the pedal. You can raise or lower your
saddle with an allen key or a spanner (unless your saddle is quick release, in
which case you won’t need either).

Speaker 22:

You should always wear a cycling helmet and high visibility clothing prior to
starting off on your journey.

Miss Bonner has a friend who fell off her bike after hitting a large pothole
in the road. She tumbled over the handlebars and landed head first onto the
concrete. She had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance and she suffered
terrible injuries as you can see on the photograph. However, her doctors
told her she was very lucky! If she hadn’t been wearing her helmet, she
would have had a serious brain injury or even been killed. So please always
remember wear a helmet!

Speaker 23:

We have also been learning about how to ride safety on the road. The
following pupils are going to tell you how to start safety, how to turn left or
right and how to let people know you are about to slow down or stop.
Speaker 24:

This is how you should start off when beginning your journey.

(Read out page 14 of a Cyclist’s Guide)

Speaker 25:

This is how you to turn left at an uncontrolled junction.

(Read out page 18 of Cyclist’s Guide)

Speaker 26:

This is how you turn right at an uncontrolled junction.

(Read out page 23 of Cyclist Guide)

Speaker 27:

This is how you signal to other road users that you are slowing down or

(Read out page 15 of a Cyclist’ Guide)

Speaker 28:

Why should we cycle?
Speaker 29:

There are many reasons why we should cycle more.
Firstly it is a good form of exercise which is really enjoyable.

Speaker 30:

It allows you to have more independence.

Speaker 31:

It is a cheap and efficient form of transport.

Speaker 32:

It is good for the environment as it causes no pollution.

Speaker 33:

Bike Week starts tomorrow and runs until the 22nd of June. During this
week, many fun events have been organised across the country to promote

We have produced an information leaflet for you which includes events
happening in our local area. These including a try cycling event which will be
happening at George Square tomorrow from 10am and a pedaling picnic which
will be held the following Saturday at Glasgow Green.

You can also check out the Bike Week website for other events. Go on have a
Speaker 34:

Miss Rawley has also organised a cycle train for upper primary pupils who
have passed the Scottish Cycle Training Scheme. Pupils will meet in the
Asda’s underground carpark at 8.30am and will cycle up to school together
with adults who will supervise their journey. This event will happen on
Wednesday 24 June. Letters will be given to classes shortly.

Speaker 35:

Thank you for listening to our assembly this morning. We hope you have
learnt more about cycling and will participate in this activity more regularly
while being aware of your own safety. Go on, have some fun!

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