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24/03/20

Be an excellent geographer! https://t.co/tQMWEU64D5

24/03/20

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Please get in touch if you are able to help. We want to get this off the ground as soon as poss, to help families who are hungry or in need.

24/03/20

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PLEASE RETWEET: with 36,000 families at our schools in London and Essex, we want to supply food parcels for those in need (on top of free school meals which we’re already doing). We’ll fully fund this but URGENTLY need a supermarket chain to help.

24/03/20

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Day 4. Either use your name or follow the exercises for R. A. I. N. H. A. M. Good luck https://t.co/NFnq4CwBU6

23/03/20

Year 7-10 students should still continue with their Bedrock Vocobulary obligations. A minimum of 4 lessons to be completed by 30th March 2020. If you have forgotten your login details, please email n.burt.org.uk to request this. Thank you

18/03/20

Year 9 Parents/Carers - please see letter regarding partial closure of the Academy for Year 9 students https://t.co/codpq9UELN

16/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

All fixtures are postponed until further notice. However all pe clubs remain on!!

16/03/20

The parent drop in sessions scheduled for 17th and 24th March regarding changes to the Academy day have been postponed. We will reschedule as soon as possible.

13/03/20

Coronavirus Update 13th March 2020 https://t.co/gkdwhcbdgc

13/03/20

Bedrock Vocabulary reminder https://t.co/ih2Cv6sUkc

13/03/20

Reminder to all Year 7 and 8 students/parents/carers. Deadline date for passing a quiz on a reading book at your Lexile measure is FRIDAY 27th MARCH 2020. Thank you https://t.co/lSQf075wG9

12/03/20

Due to current circumstances we have decided to postpone Parents Evening tonight for Y7/8. Re-scheduled for 23rd Apr 2020 Y8 & 2nd July Y7 & 8. If you wish to discuss your child’s progress before these dates please contact the Academy and we will arrange an appointment for you.

12/03/20

Excellent work Team PE! https://t.co/u61X4TWFsJ

12/03/20

Well done boys! https://t.co/cCGveqJj54

11/03/20

Students are really enjoying the activities for British Science Week. Not sure about Mr Stananought though! https://t.co/jaLsCYbkXg

06/03/20

Well done to our Geography Department and students for participating in the Antarctic flags programme to help celebrate Antarctica day. Our flags have been celebrated in Antarctica. https://t.co/2p9hpJkWlo

06/03/20

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Our tutor team are out and about in academies today and just come across this lovely library at https://t.co/MERLxh7SMv

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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).