English Department at Crayford

When I am reading a book, whether wise or silly, it seemeth to me to be alive and talking to me'- Jonathon Swift


Position Held

Mrs C Asafu-Adjaye

Curriculum Director, English

Miss N Douglas

Second in Charge / English Teacher

Mr B Jamir KS5 Coordinator / English Teacher
Mrs S Evans Vice Principal / English Teacher
Miss J Toppin Reading Representative / English Teacher
Ms S Adebola English Teacher
Ms A Adedayo English Teacher

Mr B Jamir

English Teacher

Mr P Thomson English Teacher

Haberdasher’s approach to English

We are at an exciting time of change as a result of the reformed exams for the new GCSEs. The collaborative work we are currently doing as a Federation means that there are opportunities for students to have a seamless transition from KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5. Our curriculum is designed to build on the skills required for these exams so that our students are fully prepared to apply the skills required for effective reading, writing and spoken language. We have a mastery approach to teaching and learning which means that students become highly skilled at specific areas and have opportunities to reflect and develop. All students are encouraged to do their best in order for them to make exceptional progress.


Key Stage 3

In KS3, students will develop skills in reading, writing and spoken language to enable them to be lifelong learners who are ready for KS4, KS5 and beyond. As a result of the new changes to the GCSE curriculum, students in Year 7,8 and 9 will learn how to apply skills such as: critical thinking, evaluating and analysing to their work. Students will be encouraged to be creative and critical of their work and the works of others. This is an exciting time for students to study a range of literature from the 19th, 20th and 21st century as well as fiction and non-fiction texts. Within their lessons, spelling, punctuation and grammar is built into their lessons to support their writing skills. Homework is set each week to build on the work completed in class and encourage independent learning.


We recommend that all students in KS3 read regularly to improve their comprehension and vocabulary. Please find attached titles from the past Carnegie and Waterstones Book award winners which can be found on the links below:




Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
1 & 2

Transition unit: Reading and writing for specific audiences.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Transition unit: Non fiction Introduction to GCSE: skills in reading and writing, and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
3 & 4 Freedom and confinement: The Tempest by William Shakespeare Gothic literature: Dracular the play - David Calcutt Morality and duality: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
5 & 6 Poems from other cultures Rhetorical language and the power of persuasive speeches Romeo and Juliet



Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11 is a pivotal time for our students as they prepare for their GCSE examinations and apply all the skills they have been taught during their time at Haberdashers. This enables our students to practise and develop their skills in crafting their work in an engaging and effective way for a range of different purposes and audiences.  Our approach to teaching and learning is diagnostic teaching and feedback. This means the lessons provide opportunities for all students to engage with their targets and act on feedback in order to to progress and build confidence in their ability. Students are fully prepared for their exams both in language and literature and study a range of texts including: Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Stevenson, An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley and range of poetry in addition to 19th, 20th and 21st century texts. There are many opportunities to practise exam questions and develop techniques such as: critical thinking, evaluating and analysing to enable all students to make above the expected progress. Students are given homework 1-2 times a week which are usually exam questions.  


AQA GCSE Language AQA GCSE Literature
Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel

Section A:


One literature fiction

Section A: Macbeth

students will answer one question about Macbeth and write in detail about an extract from the play and the play as a whole

Section B:


Descriptive or narrative writing

Section B: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

students will answer one question on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hydeand write in detail about the extract and the novel as a whole

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Section A

One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

Section A

Students will answer one question from a choice of two about the play.

Section B

Writing to present a view (argue, persuade, explain or advise.

Section B – Poetry

Students will be expected to answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one poem from the cluster they have studied in class.

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language

- Presenting

- Responding to questions and feedback

- Use of Standard English

Section C – Unseen poetry

Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem

Additional information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse




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