These PDF spelling worksheets, covering the vowel digraph ‘er’ making an unstressed sound (for example better and under), are an excellent way for children in Y1 to revise and practise this spelling pattern.
The worksheets include 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 three sections:
Read the words containing ‘er’ out loud
Tick the real words and place the correct words in sentences
Write a sentence to describe each of the images, using the words provided for each
What are stressed and unstressed sounds?
Stressed vowel sounds are longer, louder or higher in pitch than other vowels within a word. They are part of a stressed syllable, which is pronounced more forcefully than other syllables next to it. Other syllables are unstressed.
In the word ‘sister, the first syllable is stressed.
What is a digraph?
A digraph is where two letters are combined to make one sound. These can be vowel digraphs or consonant digraphs.
Examples of digraphs
What is a trigraph?
A trigraph is where three letters are combined to make one sound.
Examples of trigraphs
National Curriculum English programme of study links
To spell words containing vowel digraphs : ‘er’