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03/08/20

September 2020 Re-opening Please visit the special pages on our website to access all the information you and your child need for a safe and secure return to school. https://t.co/qllNuqqpXq

24/07/20

Happy Friday and Happy Holidays to all our parents, students, staff and friends. We have published the end of term edition of our HAR from Home Newsletter on our website today. We hope you enjoy it. https://t.co/NOcUzxSo8T

22/07/20

September 2020 Re-opening Please visit the special pages on our website to access all the information you and your child need for a safe and secure return to school. https://t.co/qllNuqI1m0

21/07/20

Retweetd From HFEDMaths

We met a maths teacher two weeks ago who is afraid of negative numbers. He’ll stop at nothing to avoid them.

17/07/20

Can we remind all new intake parents and students to visit out website at https://t.co/7tHSvE7uUy This contains all the information and resources you need to prepare for the new academic year. There have been some updates to the Information Booklet so please have a look.

16/07/20

Please see letter on our website from Havering Council regarding re-opening of schools in September https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

15/07/20

...Our students asked insightful questions on topics from the emotional and financial support available to students through to the student body's ethnic diversity. https://t.co/UhmEAU1hm1

15/07/20

More than 40 Y9 and Y10 students, who are part of the Rainham Experience, paid a virtual visit to Cambridge University today to learn about life at this world-class institution and how they can begin preparing now to make a successful application in the future.. more

14/07/20

Save the date - Thursday 16th July 2020 https://t.co/DT2DHMHv3w

10/07/20

Please see our website for a letter from Mr Stananought regarding arrangements for opening the academy in September. https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

06/07/20

Stem Opportunities - Big Bang Digital Day See our website for information https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

01/07/20

Year 11 Art Exhibition https://t.co/z55oPjmHUV

01/07/20

Our sincere thanks to Tesco Rainham for their lovely gift of goodies which certainly brightened our day. A kind and thoughtful gift from one set of key workers to another within our Rainham community. https://t.co/JsROsHkX3U

01/07/20

Please see our website for a letter regarding GCSE Results Day https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

30/06/20

YEAR 11 GCSE RESULTS 2020 Dear Student PLEASE GO TO THE HARRIS ACADEMY RAINHAM WEBSITE AND COMPLETE THIS FORM BY FRIDAY 10TH JULY https://t.co/FAPGKF2f02

30/06/20

New Intake 2020 Dear Parent/Carer - if your child is joining Harris Academy Rainham in September 2020 you must complete the Data Collection Form on our website as soon as possible as we cannot register your child without this information. https://t.co/hrPc7CnvE8

26/06/20

Happy Friday all. The latest edition of our HAR from Home newsletter has been published today and can be found at https://t.co/c6xjnP1bnM

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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.