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Spelling: Graphemes

This KS2 English spelling quiz will challenge you on graphemes. Graphemes are letters that make a single sound. As you will know from reading, a single sound in the English language can usually be spelled using different letter combinations. These sounds are called 'phonemes' and the letter or letter combination used to spell a phoneme is called a 'grapheme'. In the word 'buzz', the grapheme ‘zz’ only makes one sound. The grapheme 'tch' in 'match' only makes one sound.

Test your knowledge of English with this grapheme quiz. But be careful - if a letter combination represents more than one sound (phoneme), it is NOT a grapheme.

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  1. Look at the word carefully. Choose the answer that is NOT a grapheme.
    Stick
    The 'c' does not make a separate sound from the 'k', so in this word, it is NOT a separate grapheme.
  2. Look at the word carefully. Choose the answer that is NOT a grapheme.
    Weather
    The letter 't' does not make a separate sound in 'weather'.
  3. Look at the word carefully. Choose the answer that is NOT a grapheme.
    Elephant
    The letter 'p' does not make a separate sound in this word - it needs the 'h' to make the 'ph' sound also found in 'phone'.
  4. Look at the word carefully. Choose the answer that is NOT a grapheme.
    Friday
    'F' and 'r' each make a separate sound.
  5. Look at the word carefully. Choose the answer that is NOT a grapheme.
    Dress
    'D' and 'r' are separate graphemes, while 'ss' makes a single sound.
  6. Look at the word carefully. Choose the answer that is NOT a grapheme.
    Autumn
    'Au' and 't' each make a separate sound - 'mn' only represents one phoneme because it makes one sound.
  7. Look at the word carefully. Choose the answer that is NOT a grapheme.
    Blanket
    'e' and 't' are two separate graphemes because they each make a different sound.
  8. Look at the word carefully. Choose the answer that is NOT a grapheme.
    Window
    'n' and 'd' represent two phonemes, rather than one; 'ow' makes a single sound.
  9. Look at the word carefully. Choose the answer that is NOT a grapheme.
    Laptop
    'p' and 't' make two separate sounds.
  10. Look at the word carefully. Choose the answer that is NOT a grapheme.
    Play
    'ay' is the grapheme that makes the vowel sound you can hear in the word 'play'.

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