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Identify themes and categorise words

In this worksheet, students will identify the word that doesn’t fit in with the rest, focusing particularly on homonyms.

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'Identify themes and categorise words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Word Relationships

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity you need to be a good spotter, so let’s focus!  Are you ready?


Which is the odd one out of these words?

Pillow  Duvet   Curtain   Cushion


Did you say curtain?


This is because all the other words are items that can be found on a bed.

Let’s try another:

Which word would be the odd one out here?

Sow   Stag   Vixen   Ewe


Did you say stag?

This is because all the other words are the female names of animals.

Here is a list of animals and the female and male names for them:

 Animal  Male  Female
 Pig  Boar  Sow
 Sheep  Ram  Ewe
 Fox  Tod/Dog  Vixen
 Goat  Billy  Nanny
 Deer  Stag/Buck  Doe
 Cattle (Cow)  Bull  Cow
 Lion  Lion  Lioness
 Horse  Stallion  Mare


Make sure that you make a note of any new words.


Let’s try one more:

Which word is the odd one out?

Lion   Billy  Vixen   Ram


Did you say cow?

This is because all the other words are male animal names.


Now, it’s time for you to track down the odd words out! Good luck!

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