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Year 1 - Magic e with a
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Year 1 - Magic e with a

Magic e with a helps KS1 children learn what magic e does and how to spell words with that sound. These spellings are suggested in the National Curriculum.

When there is an e at the end of the word, it often changes how the vowel sounds. When you say the word ‘hat’, the ‘a’ makes an ‘ah’ sound. If you add a magic e to the end of that word, ‘hate’, the ‘a’ makes an ‘ai’ sound. See if you can get top marks on these magic e with a words.

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1.
Spell the missing word: She _____ the bed.
maid
mad
made
mayd
A good way to test the spelling is to write all the possible ways it could be spelt and then pick the word that looks the most familiar.
2.
Spell the missing word: Don't _____ me!
blame
blaim
blaime
blaym
If you point the blame at someone else, you have to remember that there is one finger pointing to them and three back at you!
3.
When we have an 'e' at the end of a word it changes the 'a' sound. Which of these sounds does it sound like?
ay
oy
er
ie
So any word with a letter, the vowel a, another letter then an 'e' will make an ay/ai sound. So _ a _ e = ai and you don't sound out the 'e'.
4.
Spell the missing word: This is a slice of chocolate _____.
caik
cake
cace
cayk
The word cake has the curly 'c' and the kicking 'k' in it.
5.
Spell the missing word: They all came to watch the _____.
game
gaime
gaym
gayme
Right now, Real Madrid is the most popular club in the football world.
6.
Spell the missing word: They broke into the _____.
saif
saf
safe
sayfe
The word safe could mean a place where people keep their money, so a metal box with a lock on it like in the picture. The word safe could also mean keeping you out of danger.
7.
Spell the missing word: What is your _____?
naim
naym
name
nayme
Here I have tried all the possible ways you could spell 'name' and hopefully you picked the one you recognised and feel like you've read.
8.
Spell the missing word: He is very _____.
layte
late
latte
laite
The third answer is a type of coffee!
9.
Spell the missing word: This tattoo will _____.
fayd
faide
fayde
fade
Every tattoo fades over time but they don't ever vanish. Some people have to pay thousands of pounds to get their tattoos removed.
10.
Spell the missing word: The _____ he felt for making a mistake made him want to cry.
shayme
shame
sham
shaime
The word shame is broken up into these sounds: sh + a + m, we don't pronounce the magic e.
Author:  Finola Waller

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