Preparing, Believing, Achieving

                                                                                                              May 2017       SIAMS Report 


RE Policy

RE Action Plan 2020

RE SEF 2019-2020

Statement of Entitlement

Mission Statement, Vision and Drivers


‘Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder’

1 Corinthians 3:10 New Living Translation


Mission Statement

Penny Bridge CE Academy is committed to laying solid foundations that equip children with the knowledge and skills to thrive in the modern world.  These are grounded in the Christian values of Friendship, Perseverance and Respect. In order for children and adults to reach their potential and achieve their goals, we encourage a positive outlook so that ‘there are only solutions’.




Preparing for our place in the world

At PBA we want children to leave our school as rounded individuals who are able to make the right choices in life by having:

  • Environmental awareness
  • Emotional resilience
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Solid foundations


Believing in ourselves and each other

As a church school, we encourage everyone to demonstrate our shared beliefs and values through:

  • Christian values
  • Inclusion and team work
  • Respect and tolerance
  • Inspiration, support and challenge


Achieving our full potential

Through a spiral methodology and a consistent approach to teaching and learning, children are given every opportunity to grasp the threshold concepts that form the foundations of our curriculum.

This is achieved through:

  • Stimulating, exciting curriculum
  • High standards
  • Life-long learning
  • Commitment and responsibility



 Watch the photo gallery below which shows images  of our Christian Values displays in the hall our corridors and classrooms. 



Preparing for out place in the world


Environmental Awareness

We live in a beautiful part of the world, within a special rural community.  We want our children to love and respect their environment and feel passionate about the world they live in and to know that their actions make a real difference now and in the future.


Emotional Resilience

By encouraging children to adopt the growth mind set, we endeavour to enable children to meet life’s daily challenges and be prepared to live in modern society.


Healthy Lifestyles

We want our children to feel safe, to make positive choices and be given opportunities to enjoy physical activity and to regard it as one of life’s necessities.


Solid Foundations

We aim to set our children up for success by ensuring all children, without exception, reach their true potential both academically, socially and emotionally.   We have a commitment to high expectations which is a common thread throughout the whole school and is apparent in all that we do.


Believing in ourselves and each other


Christian values

There are 12 Christian values that we follow: friendship, thankfulness, hope, forgiveness, courage, trust, compassion, peace, truthfulness, generosity, perseverance and respect.


Friendship, Perseverance and Respect are the three values that underpin our curriculum and are woven into the very fabric of our school.


Inclusion and Teamwork

All children and adults are valued equally and given the same opportunities to discover their special skills, interests and talents.


At PBA we believe that discussion is the pathway to ideas so we encourage teamwork within every aspect of our curriculum.  As a learning community, we continuously develop our practice through a collaborative approach.


Respect and Tolerance

Our interactions with each other, our environment and the wider world are based upon respect.  We encourage all children to celebrate diversity, value religious beliefs and respect cultural differences.


We expect all children and adults to behave courteously and demonstrate good manners.


Inspiration, Support and Challenge

We aim to inspire and motivate children to want to learn.  Through a diverse and challenging curriculum, we support children to ask questions and explore possibilities.


Achieving our full potential


 Stimulating and challenging curriculum

As well as academic achievement, teachers inspire their pupils through creative challenges and memorable experiences to move onto the next stage of their education, equiped  for success.


High Standards

PBA takes pride in the high standards that are evident throughout the school.  We encourage children and adults to always do their best and to use failure as a learning opportunity.


Life Long Learning

All teachers and support staff embody a commitment to continuous self-improvement and exemplify a love of learning.  This filters through to our children, inspiring them to challenge themselves and discover more about the ever-changing world they live in.


Commitment and Responsibility

As part of the Christian family, we link our vision to key bible stories which enables God to guide and support us every step of the way.  Through our faith, we develop a strong sense of community and belonging regardless of our differences.


We aim to develop thoughtful and caring pupils who are able to form their own responsible values and make informed choices.


                                                                                       Bible Stories linked to our Christian Values 

GODLY PLAY AT Penny Bridge CE Academy





An Introduction to Godly Play

Godly Play teaches children and adults that being quiet, careful and deliberate can be as playful and satisfying as being noisy and busy.  This message is delivered in a gentle and consistent way using art activities to create an expressive response to what a child feels, thinks or imagines after ‘receiving’ the parable or story told in the group setting.

Godly Play enables children to respect the space, materials and the other children they work with, learning to enjoy each other with care and patience.  It is a way of ‘wondering’ and responding to the Bible’s sacred stories, and teaches that everything in God’s creation is given in holiness, including each of us and that we are a part of everything in creation. 

Godly Play affirms and honours elements in our Christian tradition including non-verbal communication, quietness, receptivity, awe and wonder.  In their own time children are discovering elements of these traditions.

Every Godly Play session gives children times of focussed attention and listening when a story is ‘opened’/presented and invited to enter it.  After which the children are given a time for personal and collective response by reflecting on the story further, finding what they need to wonder about more or investigating other story resources.

Children make a free choice response eg. playing, drawing, making, painting, reading, thinking, resting, praying or talking. During this time the adult storyteller doesn’t interrupt or ‘visit’ the children but remains present and is available if a child approaches them or asks for help.

During each session children’s abilities are deeply respected and encouraged with the session ending in a snack together with a prayer of thanks.



 Our Understanding Christianity Timeline

Understanding Christianity 

The key purpose of this programme is to help all teachers support pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.

We aim to see pupils leave school with a coherent understanding of Christian belief and practice. Pupils explore significant theological concepts within Christianity as part of developing their wider religious, theological and cultural literacy.. Children worked in small groups to design their own pieces of art work to be added to the large timeline. The timeline and symbols are located on the corridor for all the children to see daily.

Understanding Christianity image 

We carefully link the Understanding Christianity planning  to the Milestones to ensure a broad and balanced RE Curriculum.

We also use  the Cumbria Diocese planning to supplement our learning on other faiths.

  RE Overview Whole School

Assessment Grids EYFS

Assessment Key Stage 1

Assessment Lower Key Stage 2 Year 3 and 4 

Assessment Upper key Stage 2 Year 5 and 6

Exceeding assessment grid





Christian Values displays in our classrooms

Baptism and Courage  -  Class 2

Our thoughts on courage . . .

"Caring for God's World"

Class 2  -  writing and illustrations on 'Caring for God's World


Prayers for Forgiveness at Easter by Year 5


Look at all our lovely classroom RE displays . . .

(CLICK on photo to enlarge)

 Christian Value Bible Stories

Autumn Term
Compassion The Good Samaritan  -  Luke 10: 25-37
Peace The Birth of Jesus  -  Luke 2:  1-20
Truthfulness Jonah and the Whale  -  Jonah
Generosity Feeding of the 5000  -  John 6:  1-14
Perseverance The Lost Coin  -  Luke 15:  8-10
Respect The 10 Commandments  -  Exodus 20:  1-17
Spring Term
Friendship The story of Ruth and Naomi  -  Ruth
Thankfulness The Good Shepherd  -  Matthew 18: 12-14
Hope The story of Noah  -  Genesis 6:  9-22
Forgiveness The Easter Story  - Matthew 26-28
Courage Daniel and the Lions Den  -  Daniel 6
Trust Jesus calms the Storm  -  Matthew 8:  23-27

Here are our Christian Value certificates which are awarded every half term in our Praise Assemblies.

For further information, click on the links below.

Contact Details

Telephone Number:

School Office: 01229 861307

Email Address:

Greenodd, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7RQ