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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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Reading and Vocabulary

At Harris Academy Rainham we are very interested in language. We work hard to help students become confident, articulate and thoughtful in their appreciation of the English language, because excellent literacy skills are vital for our students' future education, employment and all round well-being.

To discuss how best to help your son or daughter with reading and vocabulary at home, please contact Mrs C Gander, Literacy Lead (c.gander@harrisrainham.org.uk), or Mr T Street, Vice Principal (t.street@harrisrainham.org.uk).


Rainham 100

To help students choose entertaining books that will help their literacy levels we've compiled the ‘Rainham 100’  - one hundred books that the staff, students and parents believe to be classics and that students should aim to read during their time at the academy. Download the Rainham 100 list of books. Which one will you read next?


Supporting reading, vocabulary and language

Harris Rainham115Here are just some of the ways we support reading and literacy.

  • All students in years 7-10 are expected bring an appropriate and challenging reading book to the academy every day. This book is used and discussed in their English lessons, for example, and during learning guidance.
  • Students at Harris Academy Rainham have more hours of English teaching each week than the national average.
  • We offer specialist intervention and phonics programmes.
  • Subject teachers explain the etymology of words in lessons (see below) – helping students understand the root word or base terms of subject-specific vocabulary. See example below.
  • During learning guidance time, teachers introduce new tier 2 and tier 3 vocabulary as well as recap on words previously used by teachers.
  • We promote an interest in etymology through various library competitions and other incentives to learn key root terms.
  • Students’ reading ages are regularly tested to ensure they leave the academy reading confidently and at a high level.
  • We build key terms, phrases and subject-specific vocabulary into our curriculum in order to ensure students are prepared for KS4 examinations and beyond.
  • We use 'Bedrock Vocabulary' across the academy – an online platform that builds students' understanding and range of words.

Why is reading so important?

Numerous studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.


What is etymology?

Harris Rainham108We teach etymology across all our subjects. Etymology explores the history and development of individual words. It answers the question: "where did this word come from?"

You've probably encountered etymologies when someone explained the meaning of a word, or when you sought out the origin of a word. Etymology requires an understanding of the parts of words – their pronunciation and grammar components. Etymology is also a diachronic process. In other words, etymology is a function of a language's change over time. This includes awareness of some key concepts like cognates and borrowings, reconstruction of proto-languages, and discussions about the difference between ‘lects’ (languages, dialects, idiolects).

As an example: ‘Port’

A really important and widely used Latin root word is port, which means ‘carry’ or ‘to carry’. Humans ‘carry’ things from one place to another all the time. Portly humans, for instance, ‘carry’ a lot of weight or fat. When one nation imports goods from another nation, it ‘carries’ them into its own area. On the other hand, to export goods is to ‘carry’ them out of one country to trade with another. Most of these products are portable, or easily ‘carried’ from one country to the next. Human beings can also be deported from their own countries, being ‘carried’ from one nation to another.

When something is said to be important, you want to ‘carry’ it forward. Reporters ‘carry’ back information to the public at large, often focusing on important concerns. Sometimes reporters talk about sports, for example, which is an entertainment that ‘carries’ you away from everyday type of activities.

Transportation, or the act of ‘carrying’ people across from one place to another, forms the basis of much of everyday life. Cars support or ‘carry’ us as we travel around. An even faster way to get from one place to another is via teleportation, or the ability to be ‘carried’ instantaneously from one place to another.

Have you ever had a porter, or one who ‘carries’ luggage, help you at a hotel you are staying at? A portfolio is also a case in which you can ‘carry’ items, such as works of art, work documents or photographs; a portfolio also refers to the items put in the portable case.

Import 'port' into your brain, and it will ‘carry’ you far with knowledge of words!

Key Terms

  • portly: refers to one who ‘carries’ much body weight
  • import: ‘carry’ in
  • export: ‘carry’ out
  • portable: easily ‘carried’
  • deport: ‘carry’ from
  • important: ‘carried’ in
  • reporter: one who ‘carries’ back
  • sport: ‘carries’ one away from everyday concerns
  • transportation: act of ‘carrying’ across
  • porter: one who ‘carries’
  • portfolio: that which ‘carries’ items, or those items so ‘carried’

Other useful resources

Here are some useful links and documents that support our work within the Academy.


To discuss how best to help your son or daughter at home, please contact Mrs H Cohen, Literacy Lead (h.cohen@harrisrainham.org.uk) or Mr T Street, Vice Principal (t.street@harrisrainham.org.uk).