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21/01/20

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More pics of our students doing v02 max tests, Wingate power and Jump test https://t.co/9legIx9omh

21/01/20

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Year 10 Btec students at giving our students a taster of uni life and sport science testing https://t.co/KIlo7EvuPP

21/01/20

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A conference tackling social mobility and children's wellbeing is to take place in Rainham. https://t.co/kd1uYWm0OZ

20/01/20

REMINDER: Parents' Evening for Years 9 and 10 Thursday 23rd January 4.30pm to 7.30pm

20/01/20

There will be a talk after school tomorrow in the hall from the Asst. Principal of Harris Academy Riverside for any Y11 students interested in applying to their sixth form. https://t.co/gdkIc4mFwU

17/01/20

Reminder https://t.co/zqWxPCrUlx

17/01/20

We were delighted to host Dr Michael Kolling at the Academy on Wednesday for a talk to Year 9,10 and 11 Computer Science students. https://t.co/iucz37C44n https://t.co/us4pe1NAUQ

13/01/20

Year 11 students will begin mock examinations on Monday 27th January 2020. Please see website below for letter and timetable. https://t.co/7tC0f97666

09/01/20

... He witnessed unspeakable horrors and has since made it his mission to teach young people of his lasting, haunting memories in the hope that history will never repeat itself. https://t.co/KCX8uubdk7 https://t.co/KCCPdt0a2u

09/01/20

We were greatly honoured today to welcome Mr Leslie Kleinman BEM to Harris Academy Rainham to speak to our Year 9 students. Holocaust survivor Mr Kleinman arrived at the gates of Auschwitz on his 15th birthday and never saw any of his family members again.... more

08/01/20

Congratulations https://t.co/tRilFRP42b

07/01/20

Parents' Evening for Years 9 and 10 Thursday 23rd January 4.30pm to 7.30pm Students will be given letter and appointment sheets tomorrow. https://t.co/6fkvcUVQXy

07/01/20

Dear Parents/Carers It has been brought to our intention that there is a message circulating on social media that Harris Academy Rainham is closed today. Please ignore this message should you receive it. The academy is open as normal for all students.

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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).