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Great start to this academic year, with students understanding the importance of Literacy and Reading. Taking books out of the school library on the very first day! Well done to Betty, Courtney and Matthew.


Well done to new Year7 student Phoebe, who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge set by the School Librarian on Induction day. Could students please notify the School Librarian, if they also took part this year. Thank you


Harris Academy Rainham will be holding an Open Evening for the September 2020 intake on Tuesday 1st October from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.  Principal's presentations at 6pm, 6.45pm and 7.30pm.  All Welcome!


Just a reminder that it's school photograph day tomorrow 10th September for all students. There will also be a group photo taken of our Year 11 students.


We are looking forward to the return of all our students and meeting all our new Year 7 students. Arrangements are:- Friday 6th September 2019 Year 7 and Year 11 only. Arrive at 8.50am for a 9am start Monday 9th September 2019 All Year Groups in Learning Guides for 8.55am


CheungHao collecting his results. Well done and good luck in the future.


Kostadin happy with his results including more grade 9s in Maths and Science.


Anas celebrating with one of our staff this morning. some excellent results including a grade 6 in Art. A great achievement.


Naomi collecting her results. Some excellent results in particular Maths and Science. Well done,


Zainab delighted with her results today, Grade 7 and 8s across the board. Well done.


Amy and Raksha collecting results today. Great results with Grade 9 in English, Maths and Science. Well Done,.


Emily, Roland and Megan this morning with their results. Fantastic achievements for all of you 21 Grade 4+ and special mention to Emily Grade 9 in Art.


Our Head Girl, Esther and Sara Collecting their results. 15 Grade 9-7 between them. Good luck for the future.


Some of our Year 10 Maths Fast Track pupils, Andrei, Quang and Taylor collecting their maths GCSEs today. Keep up the good work.


Andrew with an excellent set of results. Well done Andrew.


Nathan with his results today.He achieved 8 Grade 9/8.


Jay, Hannah, Sydney and Billy celebrating their results this morning. Well done to all of you.


Well done to Frankie on his excellent results. Good luck next year.


Rory and James receiving their certificates. Well done to both. 15 Grade 9 GCSEs between them.


More happy students. Our congratulations to Baaba, Chelsea and Rebecca. All your hard work has paid off.

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The History department strives to deliver consistent, challenging and thought-provoking lessons. It is important that students realise that the people here before us, though similar to us in many ways, were also remarkably different. It is also important that students understand how our society has evolved, and why we are what we are now.

The story of the past is a fascinating one and we place great importance on how we know what happened, by studying the evidence available and using the discipline of history to create great historians. 

The most important skills we cultivate are the development of strong subject knowledge and the ability to read widely and write clearly. To get better at History as a discipline is to develop knowledge of history.

History is a literary subject in an increasingly non-literary world. In History, pupils will go beyond videos and the internet and go into books. Good factual knowledge and understanding of the past can only come from wide reading.  Extended writing is another fundamental skill of History. But we do not want chroniclers; our pupils critically assess the past and develop their own views on which explanations seem most convincing; thereby developing their critical thinking skills.

Year 7 & 8

In Year 7 and 8 students study British History from the Romans to Modern Day. This allows students to reflect how Britain came to be Britain as we know it today. Students also study a wide range of world history including Islamic Civilisations, The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the Civil Rights Movement, World War One, World War Two and the Holocaust. All of these topics help widen students understanding of the world today. 

History lessons at Key Stage 3 help students rethink their own perspectives and inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about history that will, we hope, remain with them for the rest of their lives. Pupils will learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh up evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. 

History helps people understand the complexity of our lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well their own identity and challenges of our time. History lessons are challenging at Key Stage 3 and prepare them for GCSE by introducing students to all styles of questions and skills they will need to master by Year 11, as well as maintaining a strong focus on the mastery of knowledge.

Year 9

In Year 9, students start by studying Crime & Punishment over a thousand years of history.

Students start this journey in the 11th century and study how crimes, methods of law enforcement and the purposes of punishment have changed all the way through to 2018. This allows students to understand change and continuity and explore the different reasons for change including the roles of the economy, society, government and religion.

Students also engage with some of the most important parts of British History including the Norman Conquest, the Gunpowder plot, the witch hunts and the First World War. As part of this topic, students also complete an historical environment study where they look at the context of Whitechapel in the nineteenth century and explore Crime and Punishment in Victorian London.

Year 10 & 11

In Year 10 and 11 students begin their GCSE studies. Students will first study Elizabeth I and Early Modern England. Students will learn the different challenges facing the Queen and reach a judgement as to whether she introduced a Golden Age to England.

The study of the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany is one of the most important topics student study at history. Students learn how the rise of this dictatorship was able to happen by assessing the different causes including economic, political and social factors. 

Finally, students study Superpower relations and the Cold War which gives students a deeper understanding of the different political ideologies that exist and the complex relationship between USA and Russia. Throughout their GCSE, students are expected to engage in a wide range of academic literature as well grappling with complex sources and interpretations to reach an understanding of the past.