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Year 3 and 4 Homophones and Near Homophones Worksheets – KS2 Spelling Workouts

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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:

  • Tips
    Advice on homophones, with a list of words for children to create homophone pairs
  • Check
    Pick the words which are spelt correctly, circle the correct homophone for the definition given, and place each word into the correct sentence
  • Use
    Use the images and words provided to write a sentence that includes each word
  • Change
    Read each sentence and circle the homophone that could replace the underlined word or phrase
  • Apply
    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)

Homophones list

  • there/their/they’re
  • here/hear
  • see/sea
  • bare/bear
  • one/won
  • sun/son
  • to/too/two
  • be/bee
  • blue/blew
  • night/knight
  • aisle/isle
  • aloud/allowed
  • altar/alter
  • ascent/assent
  • bridal/bridle
  • cereal/serial
  • practice/practise
  • farther/father
  • guessed/guest
  • heard/herd
  • morning/mourning
  • past/passed
  • descent/dissent
  • draft/draught
  • principal/principle
  • profit/prophet
  • stationary/stationery
  • steal/steel
  • who’s/whose

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

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