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15/10/19

Reminder: Year 7 Parents' Evening. Thursday 17th October 2019 4.30pm to 7.30pm https://t.co/YvwNE89mBW

15/10/19

October Half Term Intervention Timetable https://t.co/n4AxeW4tt3

09/10/19

Updated GCSE Mock Timetable https://t.co/oAKV0cfAve

08/10/19

If your son/daughter studies any of the following subjects in Year 10 or 11 you are invited to attend a vocational courses information evening on Wednesday 16th October. •Btec Sport: •IMedia •Btec Business •Digital ICT •Health and Social Care https://t.co/S1UboFtkvb

08/10/19

Year 11 GCSE Mock Timetable November 2019 https://t.co/5Ts2iHFPUW

07/10/19

Please come and join us tomorrow at 9am in the library. https://t.co/2rmmMWyGfd

03/10/19

Reminder: Coffee Mornings next week 9am in the school library https://t.co/OPhRotuPqe

03/10/19

... Isobel and Lilia wer excellent pupils who showed us round. Nothing was too much trouble and they were very informative. The evening was excellent from beginning to end.

03/10/19

... We were very impressed by the presentation and the confidence of all the children ....

03/10/19

... The students that showed us around were very helpful and polite and they set an excellent example to the school ...

03/10/19

Some lovely comments following our Open Evening on Tuesday: Very interesting everning. There is a positive feeling and vibe around the school. I'm sure my daughter will develop into an independent young girls with great GCSE results if she gets a place here ...

03/10/19

Year 7 Parents' Evening. Thursday 17th October 2019 4.30pm to 7.30pm Your child has been given a letter and appointment sheet to bring home today. Please encourage your child to make their appointments as soon as possible. https://t.co/S7ItPUcJIp

02/10/19

Term Dates 2020-2021 https://t.co/P3gRWzaJ1v

02/10/19

Year 7 Trip to Castlehead Cumbria - April 2020 https://t.co/TkHhdV5Nod

02/10/19

Important Notice: Y 11 German speaking mock exams start next week (Mon 7th) for two weeks. Students need to note date and time of their exam from the lists in the MFL corridor before the end of this week. This forms 25% of November mock grade so attendance is crucial. https://t.co/VKSxEjEwvy

01/10/19

Retweetd From The Pearson National Teaching Awards

For on 5th October, we're sharing some of our favourite clips. Here's our founder, film producer and educator Lord David Puttnam, remembering the teacher that had a a lasting impact on his life. Who will you thank? https://t.co/MBWApMn7RB https://t.co/aRKfDARIiv

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Geography

The Geography department at Harris Academy Rainham embodies the school values of Belong, Believe and Become. We encourage all of our students to feel part of not only our school and local community but to embrace their position as global citizens.

We believe that all students can gain a level of global competence allowing them to succeed in all areas of their life. In order to do this we have created a curriculum that offers our pupils the opportunity to gain depth and breadth of knowledge in our exciting, innovative and ever-changing subject and to develop a range of skills. These include extrapolation, interpretation, graphicacy (the ability to understand and present information in the form of sketches, diagrams, maps etc), using geographic information systems (GIS), enquiry, evaluation, cartography, numeracy and in particular the advanced skill of synopticity (the ability to take the constituent points and factors of human, physical, cultural and environmental geography and make links between them).

Alongside this we offer extra-curricular opportunities for international fieldwork and pride ourselves on being a department with high academic standards that creates a real community of geographers. Our students are our department – they help out, they have a real voice about what we teach and they have opportunities throughout the year to engage with our gardening club, ‘geeky geography’ meetings and to take advantage of our revision opportunities.


Global competency

Geography skills are highly sought-after by employers. The ability to problem-solve, integrate effectively with others, use high numeracy and literacy skills and assess and evaluate to a high standard are taught through geography.

Even more importantly we teach about the world as it currently is, changing economies and populations, problems faced by cities, sustainable development and the problems facing us in a resource-squeezed world. However, we teach from a positive perspective: human ingenuity has led to a less divided world, to the development of technology that saves lives and protects environments and a real hope for future generations to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

Our curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed by us, with a series of contextualised lessons and learning experiences for our pupils aligned with the Harris Federation schemes of work. We take the topic and core content so that our students can still sit the Federation standardised assessments but we ensure that our schemes of work and lessons are knowledge-focused and offer progression of core understanding for our pupils.

Synopticity is key to being an excellent geographer. It is the basis of geographical education and we pride ourselves on our students exceptional ability to engage with this from Year 7.

We intertwine skills teaching with content to offer pupils a rounded geographical education and ensure that our pupils are taught to write like a geographer as early as possible – getting the hang of incorporating place-specific detail into answers and learning that things are never black and white.

At Key Stage 4 we study the OCR Geography B syllabus.


We are proud to have been awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark 2017-20, awarded by the Geographical Association.

Follow us on Twitter @HARGeography.