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Year 2 - Letters ier and iest

This 'Letters ier and iest' spelling quiz for KS1 children is an addition to the spellings learnt in the National Curriculum. Children should learn that for letters ending in ‘y’, the 'y' is changed to an ‘i’ when adding ‘er’ or ‘est’. These two groups of three letters are made up of different sounds and so should be recognised as letter patterns.

Hopefully, you know when to add ‘er’ or ‘est’ to a word. This quiz is going to test you on spellings that have had these suffixes (er/est) added to them. Take your time before you choose your answer.

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  1. It is ____ in Edinburgh than Glasgow but it is not the ____ place in the country right now.
    The word rain changes to rainy, which can then change to rainier or rainiest.
  2. She is the ____ in Austria but is she ____ than Miss Spain?
    This picture is of someone who has entered a beauty pageant where each woman represents her country.
  3. I am ____ today because I'm less ____ than I was yesterday.
    If you are sleep deprived (lacking sleep) you are more likely to be moody.
  4. It is ____ than yesterday.
    When adding 'er' onto a word that ends in 'y' - we change the 'y' for an 'i' and then add 'er'.
  5. Your feet are much ____ than mine; in fact they are the ____ feet in the world!
    Don't forget to write the word (smell or smelly) then add the 'ier' or 'iest'.
  6. It is ____ today but apparently tomorrow will be the ____ day of year.
    Here we are changing the word 'foggy' and getting rid of the 'y' then adding 'er' or 'est'.
  7. Today is the ____ day so far!
    When adding 'est' you need to change the 'y' to an 'i' then add the 'est'.
  8. He is the ____ but you are the ____
    Both crazy and messy end with a 'y' and that's why they both need to be changed to 'iest'.
  9. You are ____ and ____ today.
    These are both words that describe character or personality.
  10. It is ____ in Egypt than Italy but it's not the ____ place on Earth.
    Arizona is considered the sunniest place but Egypt is near the equator and very sunny!

Author: Finola Waller

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