Spelling:  Unstressed Vowels 02
Learning to spell takes quite a bit of practise.

Spelling: Unstressed Vowels 02

This KS2 English spelling quiz takes a further look at unstressed vowels. In the first Unstressed Vowels quiz, you will have learned about the 'schwa' sound which causes so much difficulty with English spelling. With very few exceptions, every polysyllabic word in English is pronounced with at least one schwa sound. This is why learning to spell takes quite a bit of practise.

How words sound is sometimes very different from how they are spelt, so continue playing our spelling quizzes until you feel confident.

See how well you do with this second quiz on unstressed vowels.

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  1. Choose the correct spelling.
    We are ____ not playing cricket in this weather!
    We are definitely not playing cricket in this weather! It can be helpful to remember the word 'finite' in 'definite', or to remember that there are two 'i's and two 'e's in 'definite'.
  2. Choose the correct spelling.
    My auntie spends a lot of her time doing ____ work.
    My auntie spends a lot of her time doing voluntary work.
  3. Choose the correct spelling.
    We enjoyed visiting the reptile centre, but were glad the ____ snakes were behind glass.
    We enjoyed visiting the reptile centre, but were glad the poisonous snakes were behind glass.
  4. Choose the correct spelling.
    Stuart preferred working ____ to working in a group.
    Stuart preferred working independently to working in a group. 'Depend' has two 'e's and 'dependent' has three 'e's (as does 'independent').
  5. Choose the correct spelling.
    At home, he had a large collection of ____ coins.
    At home, he had a large collection of foreign coins.
  6. Choose the correct spelling.
    In order to become a doctor, it is essential to study ____.
    In order to become a doctor, it is essential to study medicine.
  7. Choose the correct spelling.
    The teacher was horrified that he'd accidentally used his ____ marker on the whiteboard.
    The teacher was horrified that he'd accidentally used his permanent marker on the whiteboard.
  8. Choose the correct spelling.
    He finished his letter with 'Yours ____' before carefully signing his name.
    You should sign a letter with 'Yours sincerely' when you have addressed a formal letter to a specific person. So it's important to learn how to spell 'sincerely'.
  9. Choose the correct spelling.
    At the beginning of year seven, there are many ____ to make new friends.
    At the beginning of year seven, there are many opportunities to make new friends.
  10. Choose the correct spelling.
    We enjoyed our school visit to the Houses of ____.
    We enjoyed our school visit to the Houses of Parliament. The 'Parli-' of 'Parliament' is related to the word 'parley' - both come from the French 'parler', which means 'to speak'.

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