Writing - Guess the Missing Sounds
Say the words aloud to find the missing sound!

Writing - Guess the Missing Sounds

This Key Stage 1 Writing quiz focusses on guess the missing sound. This quiz asks KS1 children to read a word carefully and figure out which sound is missing. This will hopefully encourage them to edit their work and help them remember sound patterns. Self-editing is mentioned in the National Curriculum for Year 2 pupils, and will improve their all-round knowledge of English and literacy.

When we write, we break words up into sounds. Unfortunately, some of the sounds have run away. Have a look at the words and see if you can find the missing sounds.

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  1. Which sound is missing from this word: 's_p'?
    The 'oa' sound can also be made by 'ow'.
  2. Which sound is missing from this word: 'tr_n'?
    If you look closely at the large image, can you spot the two hang gliders? Doesn't that look exciting?!
  3. Which sound is missing from this word: 'cr_n'?
    The 'ow' sound can be both 'ow' as in 'crown' and 'ow' as in 'crow'.
  4. Which sound is missing from this word: 'n_t'?
    The Earth spins and when it turns away from the sun, it is night time.
  5. Which sound is missing from this word: 't_ds'?
    Toads don't have teeth and begin life, just like a frog, as an egg.
  6. Which sound is missing from this word: 'swi_'?
    Swings are often found in the park but there is also something called swing music, which sounds like jazz music.
  7. Which sound is missing from this word: 'tr_'?
    The trunk of a tree is protected by the outside layer, called bark. But trees don't bark, dogs do!
  8. Which sound is missing from this word: 'f_t'?
    If you are talking about one foot, it's the sound 'oo' that is missing but here we are talking about a pair - we say 'feet' with an 'ee' sound.
  9. Which sound is missing from this word: 'th_ns'?
    Thorns grow on rose bushes and some animals have thorns, like the crown-of-thorns starfish.
  10. Which sound is missing from this word: 'squ_k'?
    The word 'squeak' and 'beak' both have the 'ea' sound. You also have the 'qu' sound within that word; remember q and u are always together!

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