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Year 1 - The Sound ir

This 'Sound ir' spelling quiz tests KS1 children on the recommended spellings with that sound, stated in the National Curriculum. To help you when teaching this sound, think of the word ‘girl’ and use that as your start point.

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The sound ‘ir’ makes a similar noise to ‘er’. Unlike ‘er’, ‘ir’ is often in the middle of letters, whereas ‘er’ can be at the end (as a suffix). Improve your English by playing these spellings with the ‘ir’ sound.

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  1. Spell the missing word: She is not a boy, she is a ____.
    When girls grow up we call them ladies or women.
  2. Spell the missing word: The skin on a peach should be ____.
    It should be firm but also soft. If the inside is too hard then it isn't ripe or ready to eat.
  3. Spell the missing word: He won a bronze medal, so he came ____.
    Bronze is for third place.
  4. Spell the missing words: Running in the fields made her ____ ____.
    There are lots of different types of skirts; there is the A-line, pencil, bubble, mini and tutu - to name a few!
  5. Which sentence and spelling is correct?
    The words 'fur' and 'fir' sound the same but mean different things. Fir is a type of tree and fur is the fluffy skin on animals.
  6. Spell the missing word: I won the race! I came ____!
    If you come first you get a gold medal, second gets silver and third place wins a bronze medal.
  7. Spell the missing words: ____ ____ the butter and sugar together.
    To make a cake you should mix the butter and sugar, then add flour, eggs and a splash of milk.
  8. Spell the missing word: Before the ____, they celebrated with cake.
    If you celebrate before the baby is born, it's called a baby shower.
  9. Spell the missing word: He needed to buy a new football ____.
    In 2014, Real Madrid sold the most football shirts.
  10. Spell the missing word: The ostrich is the largest type of ____.
    Ostriches also lay the largest eggs.

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