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03/04/20

Please see our website for an important letter from the Principal Mr Stananought, plus details about virtual learning for Year 10 students following the Easter break https://t.co/v022PTbF5Y

03/04/20

Dear Parent/ Carers Please note Harris Academy Rainham opening times for Critical Keyworker Students during the Easter Break at: https://t.co/v5XY5vgbGJ

02/04/20

Dear Parents and Carers During this difficult time we understand some of you may have had a change in your financial situation. The following link can provide you with information on whether your child is now eligible for Free School Meals. https://t.co/RM6jQwY1Dp

02/04/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation

THANK YOU to everyone for your ideas. We've decided to provide supermarket vouchers, giving parents a choice of where to shop and what to buy. The first £8,000 will be emailed tomorrow to 400 Harris families. 60 laptops + dongles will be given out next week, with more to follow. https://t.co/WDNzFKh23N

02/04/20

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

Daily challenge https://t.co/e2nGZ00lVi

02/04/20

On 21st Apr 9.30 the Geog dept has signed Y8 up to an online fieldwork experience (no going out necessary) with the FSC linked to their study of weather & climate. All your child needs is access to YouTube – link on SMHW nearer the time. Hope you will all join in 😊 Ms Blake

31/03/20

Be an excellent Geographer this week! https://t.co/hD2Nlp5GeB

24/03/20

Be an excellent geographer! https://t.co/tQMWEU64D5

24/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Please get in touch if you are able to help. We want to get this off the ground as soon as poss, to help families who are hungry or in need.

24/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation

PLEASE RETWEET: with 36,000 families at our schools in London and Essex, we want to supply food parcels for those in need (on top of free school meals which we’re already doing). We’ll fully fund this but URGENTLY need a supermarket chain to help.

24/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

Day 4. Either use your name or follow the exercises for R. A. I. N. H. A. M. Good luck https://t.co/NFnq4CwBU6

23/03/20

Year 7-10 students should still continue with their Bedrock Vocobulary obligations. A minimum of 4 lessons to be completed by 30th March 2020. If you have forgotten your login details, please email n.burt.org.uk to request this. Thank you

18/03/20

Year 9 Parents/Carers - please see letter regarding partial closure of the Academy for Year 9 students https://t.co/codpq9UELN

16/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

All fixtures are postponed until further notice. However all pe clubs remain on!!

16/03/20

The parent drop in sessions scheduled for 17th and 24th March regarding changes to the Academy day have been postponed. We will reschedule as soon as possible.

13/03/20

Coronavirus Update 13th March 2020 https://t.co/gkdwhcbdgc

13/03/20

Bedrock Vocabulary reminder https://t.co/ih2Cv6sUkc

13/03/20

Reminder to all Year 7 and 8 students/parents/carers. Deadline date for passing a quiz on a reading book at your Lexile measure is FRIDAY 27th MARCH 2020. Thank you https://t.co/lSQf075wG9

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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.