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26/05/20

Phased re-opening for Year 10 students - announcement See our website at https://t.co/RaBCfvZgtl

19/05/20

HAR Bake Off. This week's challenge and last week's winners. Mouth watering yum! https://t.co/xLdeCbIj6D

15/05/20

Happy Friday. We are delighted to publish the second edition of our HAR From Home Newsletter. We hope you enjoy it. Remember to send contribution to Mrs Richards at a.richards.org.uk https://t.co/ZlQtz9e6zv

15/05/20

Dear Parent/Carers Please see important letter on our website from The Harris Federation https://t.co/LNUbHOB1N8

06/05/20

Fabulous bunting that our key worker school students and staff have made to decorate the academy for VE day. https://t.co/2TAtohZbZh

04/05/20

Dear parents/guardian Just a note that as Friday is a bank holiday there will be no virtual school lessons taking place. Happy VE Day celebrations to all.

04/05/20

KS3 Drama students combining their creative skills with their knowledge of ‘Dramatic Tableaux’. Bringing the stage home! https://t.co/gZNvxXEix3

04/05/20

More great work from our Year 9 students sent in this week. Well done to Rachel, Nojus and Oana. Also Miss Gander says to remember to tune into Grayson Perry's Art Club, Channel 4, Monday at 8.30pm. https://t.co/xCjRdroDKu

01/05/20

Happy Friday everyone. We have published our very first HAR from Home newsletter today. To see all the latest news go to https://t.co/L6C3RmEVMW To send anything you would like to see featured in our next newsletter please email a.richards.org.uk

24/04/20

Happy Friday Year 11. Hope you are all keeping safe and well. For those of you who have signed up to our Head Start Programme this will start next week. See below for the timetable for next week's lessons. https://t.co/nptEN2ciDr

23/04/20

Year 9 Parents/Guardians - see below regarding options survey https://t.co/GKS2IXORru

22/04/20

Letter to parents and carers https://t.co/lSDnPn90sX

21/04/20

Parent and pupil consultation on changes to the academy day. https://t.co/32m2tmW0Ql

21/04/20

We are so very sorry the website couldn't cope this morning, but the fact that so many of our year 8 children and parents have contacted us to let us know shows just how great our geography students are. Ms Blake

21/04/20

Help and Support for Children and Young People during Covid 19 https://t.co/SzAKsXVo5M

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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.