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21/01/20

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

More pics of our students doing v02 max tests, Wingate power and Jump test https://t.co/9legIx9omh

21/01/20

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

Year 10 Btec students at giving our students a taster of uni life and sport science testing https://t.co/KIlo7EvuPP

21/01/20

Retweetd From Romford Recorder

A conference tackling social mobility and children's wellbeing is to take place in Rainham. https://t.co/kd1uYWm0OZ

20/01/20

REMINDER: Parents' Evening for Years 9 and 10 Thursday 23rd January 4.30pm to 7.30pm

20/01/20

There will be a talk after school tomorrow in the hall from the Asst. Principal of Harris Academy Riverside for any Y11 students interested in applying to their sixth form. https://t.co/gdkIc4mFwU

17/01/20

Reminder https://t.co/zqWxPCrUlx

17/01/20

We were delighted to host Dr Michael Kolling at the Academy on Wednesday for a talk to Year 9,10 and 11 Computer Science students. https://t.co/iucz37C44n https://t.co/us4pe1NAUQ

13/01/20

Year 11 students will begin mock examinations on Monday 27th January 2020. Please see website below for letter and timetable. https://t.co/7tC0f97666

09/01/20

... He witnessed unspeakable horrors and has since made it his mission to teach young people of his lasting, haunting memories in the hope that history will never repeat itself. https://t.co/KCX8uubdk7 https://t.co/KCCPdt0a2u

09/01/20

We were greatly honoured today to welcome Mr Leslie Kleinman BEM to Harris Academy Rainham to speak to our Year 9 students. Holocaust survivor Mr Kleinman arrived at the gates of Auschwitz on his 15th birthday and never saw any of his family members again.... more

08/01/20

Congratulations https://t.co/tRilFRP42b

07/01/20

Parents' Evening for Years 9 and 10 Thursday 23rd January 4.30pm to 7.30pm Students will be given letter and appointment sheets tomorrow. https://t.co/6fkvcUVQXy

07/01/20

Dear Parents/Carers It has been brought to our intention that there is a message circulating on social media that Harris Academy Rainham is closed today. Please ignore this message should you receive it. The academy is open as normal for all students.

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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.