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Year 1 - The Sound ea (head)
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Year 1 - The Sound ea (head)

This 'Sound ea (head)' spelling quiz will inform KS1 children of the other sound these two letters make. The ‘ea’ sound can make a sound like ‘ee’ as in ‘bead’ but can also make the ‘eh’ sound, as in ‘head’. This requirement of understanding is stipulated in the National Curriculum.

The letters ‘ea’ can make two different sounds; this test is on the ‘eh’ sound it makes – like in the word ‘head’. See how many spellings you know using words with ‘ea’.

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1.
Spell the missing word: She has a hearing aid because she is ____.
death
deaf
deaff
deth
The majority of deaf people are under the age of 65.
2.
Spell the missing word: Unfortunately, he is ____.
ded
bead
beab
dead
The picture is of a young goldfinch.
3.
Spell the missing word: He can't catch his ____.
breath
breathe
breth
braeth
It's natural to be out of breath after exercise but if you also have chest pains, you could have asthma.
4.
Spell the missing word: That elephant is very ____.
hevey
heavey
heavie
heavy
When an elephant is born they weigh more than 200 pounds - that's heavier than most grown ups!
5.
Spell the missing word: ____ as she goes!
Steddy
Steadie
Steady
Steadey
This is the kind of phrase a captain of the ship says.
6.
Spell the missing word: Would you like fruit ____?
instead
insted
instaed
insteab
Fruit is a much healthier option but both cake and fruit contain sugars - just different types of sugar!
7.
Spell the missing word: Will you buy some ____.
bred
bread
breade
braed
Egyptians used to use bread like money - they could buy something with a loaf of bread.
8.
Spell the missing word: He didn't mean that, he ____ he was sorry.
ment
meant
meanet
maent
This word is interesting because as the word 'mean' the 'ea' makes an 'ee' sound but as the word 'meant' it changes to an 'eh' sound!
9.
Which of these is a real spelling and also makes the 'ea' sound? (To help you - make sure it sounds the same as the 'ea' in the word 'head'.)
bead
bed
feed
beaz
The first and third answer are real words but they don't make the ea/eh sound. The word bed rhymes with head and so the 'e' makes the same sound!
10.
Spell the missing word: Have you ____ that book?
red
wead
read
reade
Read is like the word mean. You can say 'Read your book' and the 'ea' is an 'ee'. Or, with the same spelling, you can say 'He read his book', which sounds the same as the word 'red'.
Author:  Finola Waller

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