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Spelling: Unstressed Vowels 01

This KS2 English spelling quiz takes an initial look at unstressed vowels. Unstressed vowels are letters that are not easy to hear in a word. Polysyllabic words - that is, words with more than one syllable - can be tricky to spell in English. This is because English words are pronounced with more stress on some syllables than others. Unstressed syllables all sound the same - they have the vowel sound 'schwa', which looks like this: ə. The 'e' in 'carpet' sounds exactly the same as the 'a' in 'zebra'. So learning ways of memorising the words becomes important.

If you enjoy reading, this will help your spelling improve as you will see words and remember how they are structured.

Try this quiz to see how well you can spell polysyllabic words.

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  1. To think of something from the past, or something which had been forgotten.
    Thinking of 're-' and 'member' can help you remember.
  2. A spoken or written account of something or someone.
    Remember that 'description' comes from 'describe' - both share a 'de-' prefix.
  3. The refusal to go along with something.
    The endings, '-ance' and '-ence', can be tricky to remember.
  4. A feeling of wanting to know about something; also, to your own advantage - it will be in your own ____.
    If you can remember the two 'e's in 'interest', you'll also be able to spell 'interesting' and 'interested'.
  5. Something that is by itself; not joined with anything.
    Some people like to remember that there is 'a rat' in 'separate'.
  6. Something which shows the days, weeks and months of a year.
    You might think it should be 'calender' but it's not!
  7. A room or a building in which books are kept; a place where books can be borrowed.
    A librarian works in a library.
  8. Another word for essential.
    Water is essential, or necessary, for life.
  9. A book or other resource in which you can find words and their meanings arranged alphabetically.
    A dictionary is a very handy thing to own.
  10. Not the same as something else.
    'To differ' means 'to disagree', which might be easier to remember - add '-ent' for 'different' or '-ence' for 'difference'.

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