Pinewood Infant School and Foundation Unit

'Together we give children the roots to grow and the wings to fly'

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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.



As part of our Y2 residential we visited the church at Perlethorpe to refresh our memories of our learning about churches. It was stunning!

Our monthly assemblies from Metro this summer 2023 have been around forgiveness, self-control, patience and thankfulness.

It was World Religion Day on Sunday 15th January 2023- We had an assembly on all the different religions and learning to celebrate difference and respect all beliefs. Ian from St Mary's Church came and taught us a lovely hymn too!

A visit to the Synagogue

Islam workshops


Our RSE intent  

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) became a statutory subject in all primary schools from September 2020. Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. The aim of RSE is to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.

Our PSHE Intent

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) is a non-statutory subject, enabling schools to use a programme of study to meet the needs of their community. At Pinewood, PSHE is of great importance. Within PSHE education, pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. We want our children to learn how to understand and regulate their feelings and to know 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. We want our children to stay healthy, safe and prepared for life.


Our curriculum centres on a value based and growth mind-set approach promoting positive behaviour, mental health, well-being, resilience and achievement. At Pinewood, we teach PSHE and relationships throughout our daily curriculum and it is centred around our school values and also has strong links with British Values: Responsibility, Resilience, Independence, Curiosity, Respect, Kindness, Honesty and Self-belief. . Our curriculum is developed around the ‘SCARF’ Coram Education programme of study which covers all objectives in the RSE statutory guidance. This programme begins in F1 and runs to the end of Year 2. Knowledge is revisited and built upon. SCARF stands for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship

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