Year 1 - The Sound er (within words)

This 'Sound er' spelling quiz tests KS1 children on these two letters as a sound within words and not as a suffix. The spellings have been taken from and added to those in the National Curriculum.

The letters ‘er’ can be added to the end of words to alter the meaning but it is also a sound within words. This sound is stressed, which means you can hear the ‘er’ sound within the words (unlike when it’s a suffix). How many of these ‘er’ spellings do you know?

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  1. Spell the missing word: The parrot sat on his ____.
    Parrots are popular pets and considered to be very intelligent creatures.
  2. Spell the missing word: You are a very famous ____.
    Famous people often walk on red carpets!
  3. Spell the missing word: He is here to ____ you.
    This is a picture of a butler who helps their employer with daily household issues.
  4. Spell the missing word: There is a ____ of elephants.
    Elephants can live for over seventy years!
  5. Spell the missing word: This floor is covered in ____.
    A sneeze carries germs at 100 miles an hour - that's a quick way to catch a cold!
  6. Spell the missing word: It's the end of ____.
    In England the summer holidays begin at the end of June or early July. In Australia their longest holidays start in December as that is when their summer starts.
  7. What's the missing word: A ____ is a doing word?
    The last answer isn't a real word. A verb is a doing word and an adverb adds detail to how the verb is happening.
  8. Spell the missing word: He is a computer ____.
    Nearly every job relies on computers or modern technology. Think about the jobs you see or know - do any of them not involve a computer?
  9. Which answer has not got a spelling mistake?
    It's very traditional to wear a white wedding dress.
  10. Spell the missing word: This is a ____.
    A fern plant is flowerless.

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