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Year 1 - The Sound ir
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Year 1 - The Sound ir

This 'Sound ir' spelling quiz tests KS1 children on the recommended spellings with that sound, stated in the National Curriculum. To help you when teaching this sound, think of the word ‘girl’ and use that as your start point.

The sound ‘ir’ makes a similar noise to ‘er’. Unlike ‘er’, ‘ir’ is often in the middle of letters, whereas ‘er’ can be at the end (as a suffix). Improve your English by playing these spellings with the ‘ir’ sound.

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1.
Spell the missing word: I won the race! I came ____!
thirst
thirts
first
firts
If you come first you get a gold medal, second gets silver and third place wins a bronze medal.
2.
Spell the missing words: Running in the fields made her ____ ____.
scirt and dirty
skirt and dirty
skirt and dirtey
skirt and dirtie
There are lots of different types of skirts; there is the A-line, pencil, bubble, mini and tutu - to name a few!
3.
Spell the missing word: He needed to buy a new football ____.
schirt
shirt
shiwt
shirrt
In 2014, Real Madrid sold the most football shirts.
4.
Which sentence and spelling is correct?
These fir trees are used at Christmas.
These fur trees are used at Christmas.
The bear's fir was brown.
The rabbit has cream fir.
The words 'fur' and 'fir' sound the same but mean different things. Fir is a type of tree and fur is the fluffy skin on animals.
5.
Spell the missing word: Before the ____, they celebrated with cake.
berth
birf
birth
birthe
If you celebrate before the baby is born, it's called a baby shower.
6.
Spell the missing words: ____ ____ the butter and sugar together.
First and stirr
First and stir
First and stire
Firt and stir
To make a cake you should mix the butter and sugar, then add flour, eggs and a splash of milk.
7.
Spell the missing word: The skin on a peach should be ____.
firm
thirm
firn
firme
It should be firm but also soft. If the inside is too hard then it isn't ripe or ready to eat.
8.
Spell the missing word: The ostrich is the largest type of ____.
berd
beard
bird
birb
Ostriches also lay the largest eggs.
9.
Spell the missing word: He won a bronze medal, so he came ____.
fird
fired
thired
third
Bronze is for third place.
10.
Spell the missing word: She is not a boy, she is a ____.
girl
gerl
girle
girll
When girls grow up we call them ladies or women.
Author:  Finola Waller

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