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‘A’ or ‘an’ Year 3 SPaG Worksheets

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This bright, appealing PDF SPaG worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise when ‘a’ or ‘an’ should be used before a noun in KS2.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Understand

Complete the sentences using ‘a’ or ‘an’.

  • Challenge

Write what you see for each of the pictures.

  • Test

Circle where ‘a’ or ‘an’ are used incorrectly. Add an adjective to the sentences so that ‘a’ or ‘an’ are used correctly.

  • Explain

Using your own words, explain when you should use ‘a’ in front of a word and when you should use ‘an’.

  • Apply

Write a tale telling me about the amazing things I might find in a museum.

This 15-minute challenge features activities that include SATs-style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

‘A’ or ‘an’: when to use ‘a’ or ‘an’

Use ‘a’ if the next word begins with a consonant.

Example: a rock

Use ‘an’ if the next word begins with a vowel.

Example: an open box

‘A’ or ‘an’ before ‘h’?

If the word begins with a vowel sound, such as ‘hourly’ or ‘heir’, use ‘an’. For some words, such as ‘historic’, you can use ‘a’ or ‘an’. Be guided by your own pronunciation.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Use of the forms ‘a’ or ‘an’ according to whether the next word begins with a consonant or a vowel.

  • Worksheets featuring five sections: understand challenge test explain and apply. Activities include SATs style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses with eye-catching images as prompts
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