Pinewood Infant School and Foundation Unit

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PSHE and relationships



Our Intent: At Pinewood we want our children to gain knowledge about what Christians believe as well as gaining a sense of right and wrong and how to live with a strong sense of moral values. We also want to prepare them for life in diverse Britain, knowing and understanding about different faiths and cultures and how to be respectful and tolerant of others and their beliefs.

Religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. RE is an important subject in itself, developing our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society.


Implementation: At Pinewood RE is planned and taught in line with the new Notts Agreed Syllabus with 4 topics for each year group in KS1 and 6 questions to explore in the Foundation Stage. Children are taught to value and respect one another and are proud of their achievements and those of their peers.

Religious education provokes challenging questions and discussions including beliefs about God, understanding ourselves, issues of right and wrong and individual beliefs. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, of other principal religions, different religious traditions and worldviews.

Children know our school values and talk about them regularly as well as part of collective worship, PSHE, RE and story sessions


Collective worship is planned termly including themes from RE, PSHE and British values. It also relates to events, celebrations and festivals from around the world.

A visit to the Synagogue

Islam workshops

PSHE and relationships

Our intent: The ‘inner curriculum’is so important at Pinewood. We want our children to learn how to understand and regulate their feelings, to build safe and secure relationships and understand what it means to be kind, honest and reliable. We want children to recognise and value difference and grow up to be tolerant of others. Safety is of utmost importance as is increasing skills of independence and a sense responsibility. Our curriculum centres on a values based and growth mindset approach promoting positive behaviour, mental health, well-being, resilience and achievement.  


Implementation: We teach PSHE and relationships throughout our daily curriculum, centred around our school values: Responsibility, Resilience, Independence, Curiosity, Respect, Kindness, Honesty and Self-belief. Our PSHE and relationships curriculum is developed through the Corum Education’s SCARF programme of study which is enhanced with annual visits from Harold the giraffe and the Life Education Van. SCARF stands for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship and is split into 3 units:


  • Health and well being
  • Relationships
  • Living in the wider world


These lessons promote a range of discussion topics and teaching styles such as circle time activities, role play, decision making and sharing of opinions and experiences with the class.

The Life Education Van

Personal, Social, Health Education and Relationships