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17/06/21

Transition Event June 2021 As a result of the announcement of the Prime Minister on Monday evening regarding the extending of phase 3 of national lockdown by 4 weeks we have had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel our event. https://t.co/nLYXHydB7t

16/06/21

Please see our website for latest letter home from our Principal https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

15/06/21

Sign up to our Year 11 Headstart Programme. The aim of this programme is to keep our Y11 students actively engaged in subjects that they enjoy and are planning to choose for next year. https://t.co/JomRr5SCdO

11/06/21

Year 9 students preparing for their DoE expedition. Well done all. https://t.co/0cGjntq95r

28/05/21

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

Over 40 kids and yr10 sports youth club https://t.co/AkMfshnB3T

28/05/21

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

Goodbye and thanks James. Year 11 sports captain 2021 https://t.co/aImkGRiRWh

28/05/21

Wishing all our students, parents and community a safe, peaceful and relaxing half term break. See our website for an update on return to school on 7th June https://t.co/xt5L9s9hLP

24/05/21

Year 10 students will sit their end of year mock examinations in June. These examinations will take place over two weeks, starting 7th June. Please see website for details https://t.co/XOhzGABoPX

21/05/21

... and to Sophie Clark - Rainham 100 Challenge Reading Achievement Mya Little - The Oaks Kindness competition Year 9 Millie Mitchell - Winner of the 'Guess the story' competition for WBD 2021 https://t.co/JaCLiK0pih

21/05/21

Congratulations to Year 7 Mredula Mangalaram - Winner of the 'Design a bookmark' competition for WBD 2021 Year 8 Sophie Clark - Joint Winner of the 'Short Story' competition for WBD 2021 Louise LeBlanc - Joint Winner of the 'Short Story' competition for WBD 2021 ..... more https://t.co/UUhV2Ys7CA

01/04/21

Fabulous revision resources can be found for Year 11 at the following link: https://t.co/DLqGHgEpxJ

01/04/21

Year 11 Easter Intervention Timetable https://t.co/BJnOaYYeJM

24/03/21

Change to Summer Term Inset Date https://t.co/PdD9b4lHIL

23/03/21

Year 11 Mock Examinations will begin on Monday 19th April. See website for timetable. https://t.co/noBzF2FFd7

19/03/21

Red Nose day is 19 March Mr Bridges has set himself an ambitious challenge, please have a look and donate if you can. https://t.co/q1SLB8dPlK... https://t.co/iLlAJy686z

18/03/21

Havering Local Authority will be providing free school meal funds for over Easter. For more see https://t.co/WksvMcYTjT

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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).