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27/05/22

The Harris Academy Rainham Geography department is excited to launch a new gardening club In the spirit of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”, we would appreciate donations of gardening equipment, hand tools, gloves, seeds, soil, pots and anything gardening related. https://t.co/98pgR2c7pb

23/05/22

Please go to our website for details of the Y11 intervention sessions on offer during the May half term. https://t.co/lEOke73VV9

23/05/22

Year 8 and 9 Parent Information Evening Your are invited to a parent information evening on Wednesday 25th May at 6:00pm, where we would like to speak with you on e-safety and how you can ensure your child is protected online. https://t.co/qxjSVYynY9

19/05/22

HAR Sixth Form Consultation: See the letters home page of our website for the latest letter from the principal with details of upcoming consultation events. https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

12/05/22

Year 10 students visited Blenheim Underwriting in Fenchurch Street yesterday as part of their mentoring programme with an award-winning charity, Future Frontiers, where they received a warm welcome from CEO John Lynch. https://t.co/KmQkj5cJop https://t.co/5Hr3boPZIy

09/05/22

Year 11 English Literature Challenge Seminars Friday Mornings 8.15-8.50 B33 with Mrs. Turker

05/05/22

Yesterday some of our Y10 students visited London firm Crawford & Co. where they met the CEO and were mentored by business professionals to develop aspirations and build a life-long engagement with learning. Full story at https://t.co/5jIPxtE3I8 https://t.co/hYsGeSbuAq

31/03/22

April 1st will be a "wear something yellow or blue" non-uniform day, students and staff are encouraged to donate £1. We will also have a bake sale on this day so bring some cash and buy some treats! All money raised will be donated to The British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. https://t.co/0w0YfT9YLj

30/03/22

Key Stage 3 Survey for Years 7,8 and 9. It is important to us that we continue to receive feedback on your experiences and views. If you have the time could you please follow the link for our online Spring2 questionnaire. https://t.co/XSOMxrOt0c

28/03/22

Reminder. Year 7 parent information evening on Monday 28th March 2022 at 6:00pm, on e-safety and how you can ensure your child is protected online. Full details on our website at https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

24/03/22

April 1st will be a "wear something yellow or blue" non-uniform day, students and staff are encouraged to donate £1. We will also have a bake sale on this day to raise some extra funds. All money raised will be donated to The British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

24/03/22

We would like to invite you to a parent information evening on Monday 28th March 2022 at 6:00pm, where we would like to speak with you on e-safety and how you can ensure your child is protected online. Full details at https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

16/03/22

Y11 students were lucky to have a visit from the Principal of Newham Collegiate School, Mr Ismail. He spoke to our students about what it is like to study at a highly academic sixth form and what they should do to fully prepare in the run up to their GCSE exams. Thank you NCS! https://t.co/ksuMdOi0KN

28/02/22

The rescheduled GCSE artwork collection evening will now take place on Thursday 3rd March from 15:30 - 18:00. Please sign-in at reception upon arrival and remember to bring something to carry your sketchbooks home in.

08/02/22

Well done to Tianna, Tomas, Fiona, Daniel, Kierat and Alfie who were invited to hot chocolate with Mr Stananought and Mr Whitehead in recognition of their excellent behaviour and participation in school. https://t.co/rzS3arbKg8

07/02/22

See our website for details of our half term intervention programme for Year 11 https://t.co/bSaGtQF3wo

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Science

The science curriculum at Harris Academy Rainham has been designed to take students on a spiral journey through the world of science.

Curriculum Journey ScienceClick HERE to download our curriculum journey for Science.

The curriculum focuses on the three main assessment objectives of Knowledge, Understanding and Application - incorporating these into practical work including experimentation and investigation.

Through this, we will develop young minds to be logical, enquiring and critical. The study of science at Harris Academy Rainham will give the students the ability to be critical, to seek out evidence for claims and theories, to expose the truth, and develop society for the better.

Throughout the years and in each of the three disciplines, students study a spiral curriculum that builds on scientific knowledge gained from primary education and continuously revisits concepts and theories, deepening students’ understanding as they move towards GCSEs and beyond.

There is a danger that students can complete KS3 with knowledge of individual concepts but lack the understanding to apply their knowledge to unfamiliar contexts. Proudly, our curriculum provides students with this understanding. We use the the big ideas principle - in other words, the generalisations, principles and models which connect concepts are at the heart of our curriculum. We believe this is how students learn to see the world analytically, to explain phenomena and make predictions – all skills they need for their next stage of scientific learning.

Our curriculum complements the programme of study by exploring links between the ideas at KS3. Content is under ten 'big idea' headings:

  • Forces
  • Electromagnetism
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Matter
  • Reactions
  • Earth
  • Organisms
  • Ecosystems
  • Genes.

Students will develop an understanding of a big idea by multiple interactions with the concepts within the idea. By connecting smaller ideas to more abstract ideas, students will be better prepared to apply these concepts when approaching an unfamiliar topic. Each big idea topic contains four smaller topics, two taught in Year 7 and two in Year 8, that build in complexity. These have been created to avoid repetition but ensure interleaving, draw on various scientific skills and using different contexts.

Students’ KS3 experience will culminate in the opportunity to take part in a series of enquiry-based learning experiences. Students have the opportunity to put into practise their cumulative experiences in order to complete investigations that will make their knowledge gained from KS3 concrete and build on that knowledge as an introduction to the GCSE content.

GCSE content is based on the AQA Combined Science and Separate Science schemes of work where students complete topics across all scientific disciplines. This builds on their knowledge, enquiry skills, maths skills and understanding gained form KS3.

The study of science provides many opportunities to develop students’ knowledge beyond the bounds of the curriculum and these opportunities are incorporated into our curriculum so that students are better equipped to make a contribution to the world they live in both at a local and potentially at a global level.