Spelling:  w and wh
Weather or whether?

Spelling: w and wh

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This KS2 English spelling quiz will challenge you on words beginning with w and wh. Weather or whether - which is the correct spelling? Have you ever wondered why English has several words beginning with the letters 'wh', especially when these words do not seem any different from those that begin with a simple 'w'?

Hundreds of years ago, these spellings were reversed, with the 'h' coming before the 'w'. For example, the Old English word 'what' looked like this: hwæt. It would have been pronounced with the 'h' sound, too. Can you imagine going back in time and trying to understand what people were saying?!

See if you can spell 'w' and 'wh' words by trying this English quiz.

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1.
Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
Sophie ____ for a ____ day so that she could try out her new kite.
wished, whindy
wished, windy
whished, whindy
whished, windy
Sophie wished for a windy day so that she could try out her new kite.
2.
Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
____ is coming for tea on ____?
Hwo, Whednesday
Hwo, Wednesday
Who, Whednesday
Who, Wednesday
Who is coming for tea on Wednesday?
3.
Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
Eleri ____ how much the moon would ____.
wondered, weigh
wondered, wheigh
whondered, weigh
whondered, wheigh
Eleri wondered how much the moon would weigh.
4.
Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
When visiting ____ in the ____, it is best to be prepared for unpredictable ____.
Whales, winter, wheather
Whales, winter, weather
Wales, winter, weather
Wales, whinter, wheather
When visiting Wales in the winter, it is best to be prepared for unpredictable weather.
5.
Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
We ____ as we walked through the ____ field.
wistled, weat
wistled, wheat
whistled, weat
whistled, wheat
We whistled as we walked through the wheat field.
6.
Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
____ did you say you ____ yesterday?
Where, where
Where, were
Were, where
Were, were
Where did you say you were yesterday?
7.
Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
We could not imagine ____ the museum's special ____ collection had been sold.
why, whisk
why, wisk
wie, whisk
wie, wisk
We could not imagine why the museum's special whisk collection had been sold.
8.
Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
Harrison took great pride in his daily task, ____ was to ____ up the old grandfather clock.
wich, wind
wich, whind
which, wind
which, whind
Harrison took great pride in his daily task, which was to wind up the old grandfather clock.
9.
Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
I couldn't believe my eyes ____ I saw the ____.
when, whale
when, wale
wen, whale
wen, wale
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the whale.
10.
Choose the correct spellings for the sentence.
____ idea was it to paint the kitchen walls ____?
Hoose, white
Hoose, wite
Whose, white
Whose, wite
Whose idea was it to paint the kitchen walls white?

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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