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    The new KS3 English programme of study

    Here you'll find all the necessary information on the new KS3 English programme of study, including all the relevant titles at market-leading prices. 

    You may also like our English resources page, which features text guides and lesson plans on dozens of set texts and poems. 

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    Statutory requirements


    Pupils should be taught to:

    - develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasingly challenging material independently through:

    • reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including in particular whole books, short stories, poems and plays with a wide coverage of genres, historical periods, forms and authors. The range will include high-quality works from:
      • English literature, both pre-1914 and contemporary, including prose, poetry and drama
      • Shakespeare (two plays)
      • seminal world literature

    Please note, there are no set texts at KS3. The choices below represent the most popular in British schools.  

    Pre-1914 prose, poetry and drama

    Contemporary prose, poetry and drama



    Seminal world literature

    Grammar and vocabulary

    Pupils should be taught to:

    consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary through:

    • extending and applying the grammatical knowledge set out in English Appendix 2 to the key stage 1 and 2 programmes of study to analyse more challenging texts
    • studying the effectiveness and impact of the grammatical features of the texts they read
    • drawing on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions from their reading and
    • listening, and using these consciously in their writing and speech to achieve particular effects
    • knowing and understanding the differences between spoken and written language, including differences associated with formal and informal registers, and between Standard English and other varieties of English
    • using Standard English confidently in their own writing and speech English
    • discussing reading, writing and spoken language with precise and confident use of linguistic and literary terminology.

    Glossary for the programmes of study for English (non-statutory)

    The following glossary includes all the technical grammatical terms used in the programmes of study for English, as well as others that might be useful. It is intended as an aid for teachers, not as the body of knowledge that should be learnt by pupils. Apart from a few which are used only in schools (for example, root word), the terms below are used with the meanings defined here in most modern books on English grammar. It is recognised that there are different schools of thought on grammar, but the terms defined here clarify those being used in the programmes of study. For further details, teachers should consult the many books that are available.

    • active voice
    • adjective
    • adverb
    • adverbial
    • antonym
    • apostrophe
    • article
    • auxiliary verb
    • clause
    • cohesion
    • cohesive device
    • complement
    • compound, compounding
    • conjunction
    • consonant
    • coordinate, coordination
    • determiner
    • digraph
    • ellipsis
    • etymology
    • finitie verb
    • fronting, fronted
    • future
    • grapheme
    • grapheme-phoneme correspondences
    • homonym
    • homophone
    • infinitive
    • inflection
    • intransitive verb
    • main clause
    • modal verb
    • modify, modifier
    • morphology
    • noun
    • noun phrase
    • object
    • participle
    • passive
    • past tense
    • perfect
    • phoneme
    • phrase
    • plural
    • possessive
    • prefix
    • preposition
    • preposition phrase
    • present tense
    • progressive
    • pronoun
    • punctuation
    • Received Pronunciation
    • register
    • relative clause
    • root word
    • schwa
    • sentence 
    • Standard English
    • stress
    • subject
    • subjunctive
    • subordinate, subordination
    • subordinate clause
    • suffix
    • syllable
    • synonym
    • tense
    • transitive
    • trigraph
    • unstressed
    • verb
    • vowel
    • word
    • word class
    • word family

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