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12/04/19

Students in Year 10 taking Fast Track Maths also need to come to school on Monday 29th April to sit their Maths Mock GCSE paper at 9am. Many thanks for all your support this term. https://t.co/67Z3HFc9oX

12/04/19

Wishing all our students, parents, staff and friends a peaceful, relaxing and safe Easter break. Students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 return to school on Tuesday 30th April. Students in Year 11 return on Monday 29th April.... https://t.co/fpVmtceqaP

10/04/19

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New Irish dancing classes ☘️ at our wonderful partner school Starting on Sat 6 April! could you spread the word please! https://t.co/oPRdo991Bx

10/04/19

Y10 student Sorin teaching Spanish to Year 7 students at after school Spanish club. It is lovely to see students mature and develop during their time at HAR and to see them giving back to others at the Academy. Well done Sorin You truly embody our Belong, Believe, Become ethos. https://t.co/K1op4Oy7i6

08/04/19

are delighted to be able to offer our Year 11 students a comprehensive intervention timetable during the Easter Break https://t.co/my6omX4CN1

05/04/19

Lovely hot chocolate Fridays with the Principal, last week with Year 8 and this week with Year 9. The students are nominated by staff for their exemplary behaviour, excellent attitude to their learning and embodying our Belong, Believe, Become ethos. https://t.co/ZzgnJUpM21

05/04/19

Harris Rainham74Harris Academy Rainham has been awarded the Gold level of the National SMSC Quality Mark, which recognises excellence in spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education. For full story see: https://t.co/fOyiPFcGgt…/national-gold-award-for-… https://t.co/c3Q7UCDbTa

05/04/19

Mr Marill and headboy Rory running their after school karate classes every Tuesday. There are still places available. See Miss Jones in the PE Department for a letter. https://t.co/itMvGOLWlP

25/03/19

Brigade our uniform supplier is offering a 15% discount on orders placed during 25th March – 1st April. Please visit https://t.co/jmZu1sdZQu and place your order using the promotional code: SPRING1519

21/03/19

World Book Day 2019 was a huge success last week, with lots of competitions held in the Library. After marking of a considerable number of entries, we are pleased to announce the winners! Well done all https://t.co/Ys6B9mbR8s

21/03/19

We have some amazing students here at the Harris Academy Rainham. With Year8 students making sure they are here every week to read with their DofE buddy and vice versa . A partnership that benefits both sides. Well done all. https://t.co/AKAFJrdq5x

15/03/19

Parents' Consultation Evening for Years 7 and 9 Thursday 4th April from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. For details see https://t.co/H99GppKZNK

14/03/19

Our student council are holding a bake sale tomorrow for red nose day. Donations of cakes gratefully received. https://t.co/k3OWUFMPkD

08/03/19

Our wonderful Miss Holland getting Year 11s ready for Physics Mock this morning. Great turnout shows how much they value Miss Holland's dedication and teaching. Holly (Y11) said 'it was really fast paced but Miss Holland manages to do it in a way that everyone can understand'. https://t.co/JhFTa1wp7S

06/03/19

This morning your child was issued with their exam timetable and booklet for the GCSE 2019 summer exams. Please take the time to go through this with them. A copy of the booklet is on the website and their exam timetable is on MCAS

27/02/19

Upcoming Heritage and Cultural Events: https://t.co/EwAC3P0Xcd https://t.co/JEF8Lkit4O

27/02/19

HAR Heritage and Cultural Week One: https://t.co/TBapKHTKh1 https://t.co/Up1kovAEvk

15/02/19

Message from Havering Council https://t.co/rkHFXoN4Xy

15/02/19

We certainly felt the love yesterday at the Harris Academy Rainham! Roses were SOLD OUT! before the end of lunch, with roses making their way to the lucky secret admirers https://t.co/2PKxSQlHYB

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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 H Cohen, Literacy Lead (h.cohen@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).