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Year 5 and 6 Homophones (1): KS2 Spelling Worksheets

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These PDF worksheets are an excellent way for children in UKS2 to revise and practise spelling homophones and other words that are often confused.

The words included in this resource are: father/farther, allowed/aloud, steal/steel, herd/heard, cereal/serial, guessed/ guest, isle/aisle, past/passed, alter/altar, who’s/whose, led/lead.

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
Write the alternative spelling for each homophone

Check
Circle the correct spelling of the word for each sentence, and place the words into the correct sentences

Use
Use the images, and the words underneath, to write a sentence about each

Change
Read each sentence and change the underlined word or phrase for the correct homophone

Apply
Write a description of the picture, trying to use as many of the words listed as possible

What are homophones?

Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings.

Examples of homophones or words that are often confused from English Appendix 1: years 5/6

advice/advise
device/devise
licence/license
practice/practise
prophecy/prophesy
farther/father
guest/guessed
heard/herd
led/lead
morning/mourning
past/passed
precede/proceed
aisle/isle
aloud/allowed
affect/effect
altar/alter
ascent/assent
bridle/bridal
cereal/serial
compliment/complement
descent/ dissent
desert/dessert
draft/draught
principle/principal
profit/prophet
stationary/stationery
steal/steel
wary/weary
who’s/whose

National Curriculum English programme of study links

To continue to distinguish between homophones and other words that are often confused.

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