These worksheets, covering homophones and near homophones, are an excellent way for children in Years 3 and 4 to revise and practise these spelling patterns.
The worksheets include five different activities in which children look at spelling patterns, identify misspelt words and apply their spellings in context. They can be used within lessons, as an assessment or as a homework task.
This primary resource is divided into five sections:
Advice on homophones, with a list of words for children to create homophone pairs
Pick the words which are spelt correctly, circle the correct homophone for the definition given, and place each word into the correct sentence
Use the images and words provided to write a sentence that includes each word
Read each sentence and circle the homophone that could replace the underlined word or phrase
Use the image provided to write a short passage using as many of the words listed as you can
What is a homophone?
Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings.
Some homophones are pronounced and spelt the same way but have different meanings. These are called homonyms. For example:
- Bark (a tree’s out layer)
- Bark (the sound a dog makes)
Some homophones are pronounced the same way but are spelt differently and have different meanings. For example:
- Bridal (related to weddings)
- Bridle (a horse’s headgear)
National Curriculum English programme of study links
Learn new ways of spelling phonemes for which one or more spellings are already known, and learn some words with each spelling, including a few common homophones
Distinguishing between homophones and near-homophones
Pupils’ spelling of common words should be correct, including common exception words and other words that they have learnt.
Pupils should spell words as accurately as possible using their phonic knowledge and other knowledge of spelling, such as morphology and etymology.
Read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word.
Spell further homophones
Spell words that are often misspelt
Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary
Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors