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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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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).