Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Developing literacy through cycling part 1

When this project was designed, the main aim was to help students develop a deep understanding of the 5 topics we had to cover, but in an example rich way.  The sport of cycling linked to the topics in so many ways with an abundance of resources to go with it.  At a time when cycling in Great Britain is at the top, there are numerous documentaries, highlights and news interviews from the recent Tour de France and Olympics.  Although not as accessible in newspapers, there are also a number of websites and articles found on the Internet.  As a way to develop literacy in our subject and improve our topic specific terminology, a number of these online articles were chosen to be read and analysed in the first two weeks.  These articles had specific links to the topics we would be covering, as well as helping students gain a background knowledge of cycling, a sport that they would be arguing greater recognition for in the media.  What follows are a list of resources that were used in the opening phases of the project and are rich with cycling examples which tie in perfectly to the GCSE PE specification.


A very informative article that gives an excellent background insight into cycling and a term known as 'The aggregation of Marginal Gains'.  To read it, please click here.

An excellent article looking specifically at Science in sport.  It gives some excellent examples of how science is playing such a vital role in cycling's success.  To read it, please click here.

An article from Team Sky's website explaining some of the science and technological developments behind the team.  Gives a great example of equipment used (and links to the GCSE spec).  To read it, please click here.

Another article from Team Sky's website.  Again it gives some excellent examples of equipment used in the Team's success and links perfectly to the science and technology section of the GCSE spec.  To read it, click here.

An article looking at the huge influence that sponsors have within cycling, and the fragility of it when the sport comes into disrepute.  To read the article click here.

This article explains how even the most successful cycling stars have been inspired by role models.  Role models have such a huge influence!  To read the article click here.

This article explains the effect that role models have when endorsing products as part of their sponsorship deals.  To read the article click here.

An article looking at science and technology developments in cycling through their use of materials and equipment with their unique muscle warming 'Hot Pants'.  To read the article click here.

A bit of a difficult one to read but talks through some of the ICT and data storage use by Team Sky and their riders.  Really interesting to see how they use the data.  To read the article click here.

A BBC article looking at the science and technological developments in cycling.  Gives details and specific examples of the equipment, materials and facilities that they use.  To read the article click here.

Another BBC article but this time looking at ICT in cycling, in particluar the performance analysis software that they use (and in other sports).  To read the full article click here.

A series of articles on the Team Sky website explaining who the sponsors of the team are and what things they provide (types of sponsorship).  To read the full series of articles click here.

These are just a number of articles we have used, were found by students or were found by myself to be used to support the work in class.  If you have or know of any other cycling related articles that link to the AQA GCSE PE specification and the topics science/technology in cycling, role models, sponsorship, media and ICT in cycling, please leave a comment or link below.

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