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Year 1 - The Sound ea (head)

This 'Sound ea (head)' spelling quiz will inform KS1 children of the other sound these two letters make. The ‘ea’ sound can make a sound like ‘ee’ as in ‘bead’ but can also make the ‘eh’ sound, as in ‘head’. This requirement of understanding is stipulated in the National Curriculum.

The letters ‘ea’ can make two different sounds; this test is on the ‘eh’ sound it makes – like in the word ‘head’. See how many spellings you know using words with ‘ea’.

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  1. Spell the missing word: He didn't mean that, he ____ he was sorry.
    This word is interesting because as the word 'mean' the 'ea' makes an 'ee' sound but as the word 'meant' it changes to an 'eh' sound!
  2. Spell the missing word: Would you like fruit ____?
    Fruit is a much healthier option but both cake and fruit contain sugars - just different types of sugar!
  3. Which of these is a real spelling and also makes the 'ea' sound? (To help you - make sure it sounds the same as the 'ea' in the word 'head'.)
    The first and third answer are real words but they don't make the ea/eh sound. The word bed rhymes with head and so the 'e' makes the same sound!
  4. Spell the missing word: Unfortunately, he is ____.
    The picture is of a young goldfinch.
  5. Spell the missing word: She has a hearing aid because she is ____.
    The majority of deaf people are under the age of 65.
  6. Spell the missing word: Have you ____ that book?
    Read is like the word mean. You can say 'Read your book' and the 'ea' is an 'ee'. Or, with the same spelling, you can say 'He read his book', which sounds the same as the word 'red'.
  7. Spell the missing word: He can't catch his ____.
    It's natural to be out of breath after exercise but if you also have chest pains, you could have asthma.
  8. Spell the missing word: Will you buy some ____.
    Egyptians used to use bread like money - they could buy something with a loaf of bread.
  9. Spell the missing word: ____ as she goes!
    This is the kind of phrase a captain of the ship says.
  10. Spell the missing word: That elephant is very ____.
    When an elephant is born they weigh more than 200 pounds - that's heavier than most grown ups!

Author: Finola Waller

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