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Spelling: w and wh

This KS2 English spelling quiz will challenge you on words beginning with w and wh. Weather or whether - which is the correct spelling? Have you ever wondered why English has several words beginning with the letters 'wh', especially when these words do not seem any different from those that begin with a simple 'w'?

Hundreds of years ago, these spellings were reversed, with the 'h' coming before the 'w'. For example, the Old English word 'what' looked like this: hwæt. It would have been pronounced with the 'h' sound, too. Can you imagine going back in time and trying to understand what people were saying?!

See if you can spell 'w' and 'wh' words by trying this English quiz.

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  1. Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
    ____ did you say you ____ yesterday?
    Where did you say you were yesterday?
  2. Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
    ____ is coming for tea on ____?
    Who is coming for tea on Wednesday?
  3. Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
    Sophie ____ for a ____ day so that she could try out her new kite.
    Sophie wished for a windy day so that she could try out her new kite.
  4. Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
    I couldn't believe my eyes ____ I saw the ____.
    I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the whale.
  5. Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
    ____ idea was it to paint the kitchen walls ____?
    Whose idea was it to paint the kitchen walls white?
  6. Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
    We ____ as we walked through the ____ field.
    We whistled as we walked through the wheat field.
  7. Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
    Harrison took great pride in his daily task, ____ was to ____ up the old grandfather clock.
    Harrison took great pride in his daily task, which was to wind up the old grandfather clock.
  8. Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
    When visiting ____ in the ____, it is best to be prepared for unpredictable ____.
    When visiting Wales in the winter, it is best to be prepared for unpredictable weather.
  9. Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
    Eleri ____ how much the moon would ____.
    Eleri wondered how much the moon would weigh.
  10. Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
    We could not imagine ____ the museum's special ____ collection had been sold.
    We could not imagine why the museum's special whisk collection had been sold.

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