Alphabet - Upper and Lower Case Letters 1
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Alphabet - Upper and Lower Case Letters 1

This quiz deals with upper and lower case letters. It is for the first term in Year 1 (KS1) and will aid both handwriting and sentence level as set out in the National Curriculum.

Children need to know the alphabet by KS1 and also need to be able to form each letter correctly. This quiz helps children identify both upper and lower case letters and reminds them of their varying formation.

Knowing the letters will also help their sentence level skills as they will be able to form the correct capital letter for the beginning of the sentence. In addition, recognising upper and lower case letters will improve their English and literacy.

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When we write, we use capital letters (ABC) and lower case letters (abc). Capital letters are bigger and sometimes look different to the lower case letters (Aa). We use capital letters for the beginning of sentences and your name. Your name will begin with one capital letter and all the other letters are lower case. Test your knowledge on letters.

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  1. Don’t be confused by this picture. Which of these is the lower case letter for ‘D’?
    Many children get b and d confused. The best way to remember which way the b or d goes is to remember the word ‘bed’ and using both hands make a circle with your thumb and forefinger. Remember that the word bed begins with a ‘b’ and when you look at your left hand, that will show you a ‘b’ and when you look at your right hand it will look like a ‘d’.
  2. Queen Elizabeth’s name begins with a capital Q. Which of these is the lower case letter for ‘Q’?
    Queen Elizabeth is our queen and she is queen of the people. A lower case q and p look similar and a good way to remember their direction is that p looks the same as a lower or capital letter and a capital Q’s leg drops down to the side to make a q.
  3. Happy face stickers are given at school. Which of these is the lower case letter for ‘H’?
    When writing the word happy, the lower case ‘h’ looks like an upside down ‘y’ which is also at the end of the word. Or, the letter ‘y’ looks like an upside down ‘h’!
  4. Here is a picture of a rabbit, not a hare! Which of these is the capital letter for ‘r’?
    Children often call rabbits bunnies, but did you know that baby rabbits are actually known as kittens!
  5. Line up to answer this question. Which of these is the lower case letter for ‘L’?
    A lower case l looks like a line. People line up all the time, you line up at school and when we go shopping we join a line or line of people.
  6. The word ‘motorway’ begins with an ‘m’. Which of these is the capital letter for ‘m’?
    ‘M’ and ’N’ look very similar. Motorway begins with ‘M’; the longest motorway is the M6 which is 225 miles long. If you accidentally draw an ’N’ remember that motorways are long and so, the ‘M’ is longer too.
  7. Bed begins with a ‘B’, so use this knowledge to help you. Which of these is the lower case letter for ‘B’?
    Think back to what we learned about bed.
  8. This is a picture of a giraffe. Which of these is the capital letter for ‘g’?
    Giraffes have the longest tails out of all the land mammals, think of their long tails when you write the lower case ‘g’ and imagine it being curled up when you write a capital ‘G’.
  9. The word ‘apple’ begins with an ‘a’. Which of these is the capital letter for ‘a’?
    The capital letter for ‘A’ is like a triangle with long legs and has lots of straight lines, whereas the lower case ‘a’ is round and curvy.
  10. Here is a picture of someone reaching up by going on their tiptoes. Which of these is the capital letter for ’t’?
    The lower case ’t’ looks just like the capital letter except when it’s a capital, it stands on its tiptoes making it taller and lifting its arms above its head.

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