KS1 English Quiz - Writing - Guess the Missing Sounds (Questions)

This Key Stage 1 Writing quiz focusses on guess the missing sound. This quiz asks KS1 children to read a word carefully and figure out which sound is missing. This will hopefully encourage them to edit their work and help them remember sound patterns. Self-editing is mentioned in the National Curriculum for Year 2 pupils, and will improve their all-round knowledge of English and literacy.

When we write, we break words up into sounds. Unfortunately, some of the sounds have run away. Have a look at the words and see if you can find the missing sounds.

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1. Which sound is missing from this word: 'f_t'?
[ ] ie
[ ] ee
[ ] oa
[ ] ew
2. Which sound is missing from this word: 'th_ns'?
[ ] ur
[ ] or
[ ] oa
[ ] oo
3. Which sound is missing from this word: 'cr_n'?
[ ] ow
[ ] oh
[ ] ee
[ ] igh
4. Which sound is missing from this word: 'swi_'?
[ ] n
[ ] g
[ ] gn
[ ] ng
5. Which sound is missing from this word: 't_ds'?
[ ] ow
[ ] ie
[ ] igh
[ ] oa
6. Which sound is missing from this word: 'squ_k'?
[ ] ie
[ ] ae
[ ] ea
[ ] igh
7. Which sound is missing from this word: 's_p'?
[ ] oa
[ ] ao
[ ] ll
[ ] n
8. Which sound is missing from this word: 'tr_n'?
[ ] ay
[ ] ai
[ ] ie
[ ] ee
9. Which sound is missing from this word: 'n_t'?
[ ] ie
[ ] i
[ ] igh
[ ] ai
10. Which sound is missing from this word: 'tr_'?
[ ] ee
[ ] ea
[ ] e
[ ] ie
KS1 English Quiz - Writing - Guess the Missing Sounds (Answers)
1. Which sound is missing from this word: 'f_t'?
[ ] ie
[x] ee
[ ] oa
[ ] ew
If you are talking about one foot, it's the sound 'oo' that is missing but here we are talking about a pair - we say 'feet' with an 'ee' sound.
2. Which sound is missing from this word: 'th_ns'?
[ ] ur
[x] or
[ ] oa
[ ] oo
Thorns grow on rose bushes and some animals have thorns, like the crown-of-thorns starfish.
3. Which sound is missing from this word: 'cr_n'?
[x] ow
[ ] oh
[ ] ee
[ ] igh
The 'ow' sound can be both 'ow' as in 'crown' and 'ow' as in 'crow'.
4. Which sound is missing from this word: 'swi_'?
[ ] n
[ ] g
[ ] gn
[x] ng
Swings are often found in the park but there is also something called swing music, which sounds like jazz music.
5. Which sound is missing from this word: 't_ds'?
[ ] ow
[ ] ie
[ ] igh
[x] oa
Toads don't have teeth and begin life, just like a frog, as an egg.
6. Which sound is missing from this word: 'squ_k'?
[ ] ie
[ ] ae
[x] ea
[ ] igh
The word 'squeak' and 'beak' both have the 'ea' sound. You also have the 'qu' sound within that word; remember q and u are always together!
7. Which sound is missing from this word: 's_p'?
[x] oa
[ ] ao
[ ] ll
[ ] n
The 'oa' sound can also be made by 'ow'.
8. Which sound is missing from this word: 'tr_n'?
[ ] ay
[x] ai
[ ] ie
[ ] ee
If you look closely at the large image, can you spot the two hang gliders? Doesn't that look exciting?!
9. Which sound is missing from this word: 'n_t'?
[ ] ie
[ ] i
[x] igh
[ ] ai
The Earth spins and when it turns away from the sun, it is night time.
10. Which sound is missing from this word: 'tr_'?
[x] ee
[ ] ea
[ ] e
[ ] ie
The trunk of a tree is protected by the outside layer, called bark. But trees don't bark, dogs do!