KS1 Spelling Quiz - Year 1 - Magic e with a (Questions)

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. 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
2. Spell the missing word: She _____ the bed.
[ ] maid
[ ] mad
[ ] made
[ ] mayd
3. Spell the missing word: What is your _____?
[ ] naim
[ ] naym
[ ] name
[ ] nayme
4. Spell the missing word: Don't _____ me!
[ ] blame
[ ] blaim
[ ] blaime
[ ] blaym
5. Spell the missing word: This is a slice of chocolate _____.
[ ] caik
[ ] cake
[ ] cace
[ ] cayk
6. Spell the missing word: They broke into the _____.
[ ] saif
[ ] saf
[ ] safe
[ ] sayfe
7. Spell the missing word: He is very _____.
[ ] layte
[ ] late
[ ] latte
[ ] laite
8. Spell the missing word: They all came to watch the _____.
[ ] game
[ ] gaime
[ ] gaym
[ ] gayme
9. Spell the missing word: This tattoo will _____.
[ ] fayd
[ ] faide
[ ] fayde
[ ] fade
10. Spell the missing word: The _____ he felt for making a mistake made him want to cry.
[ ] shayme
[ ] shame
[ ] sham
[ ] shaime
KS1 Spelling Quiz - Year 1 - Magic e with a (Answers)
1. When we have an 'e' at the end of a word it changes the 'a' sound. Which of these sounds does it sound like?
[x] 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'.
2. Spell the missing word: She _____ the bed.
[ ] maid
[ ] mad
[x] 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.
3. Spell the missing word: What is your _____?
[ ] naim
[ ] naym
[x] 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.
4. Spell the missing word: Don't _____ me!
[x] 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!
5. Spell the missing word: This is a slice of chocolate _____.
[ ] caik
[x] cake
[ ] cace
[ ] cayk
The word cake has the curly 'c' and the kicking 'k' in it.
6. Spell the missing word: They broke into the _____.
[ ] saif
[ ] saf
[x] 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: He is very _____.
[ ] layte
[x] late
[ ] latte
[ ] laite
The third answer is a type of coffee!
8. Spell the missing word: They all came to watch the _____.
[x] game
[ ] gaime
[ ] gaym
[ ] gayme
Right now, Real Madrid is the most popular club in the football world.
9. Spell the missing word: This tattoo will _____.
[ ] fayd
[ ] faide
[ ] fayde
[x] 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
[x] shame
[ ] sham
[ ] shaime
The word shame is broken up into these sounds: sh + a + m, we don't pronounce the magic e.