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Recognise the Missing Letter Pair

In this worksheet, students will work out the next two letters in an alphabetic sequence. This will develop students’ problem solving and code-breaking skills.

'Recognise the Missing Letter Pair' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Letter Sequences

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Hello letter detective, it's time to complete a letter puzzle. Can you help us to solve the challenge below?

 

We are going to look at the alphabet in a different way than you usually would.

 

In this activity, you will be working out sequences that use letters of the alphabet.
 

 

 

Here is the alphabet for you to use as a reference:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

Take a look at the following alphabetic sequence:
 

AC, EG, IK, MO, _

What are the next two letters in the sequence? 

 

First, we need to work out how each first letter jumps to reach the next first letter.
They are jumping four forward in the alphabet each time.

 

 

Then, we need to work out how each second letter jumps to reach the next second letter.
They are also jumping four forward in the alphabet each time.

 

So if we jump four forward from MO we reach QS!

 

This is because Q is 4 letters after M and S is 4 letters after O.
So the sequence would be: AC, EG, IK, MO, QS, etc…

 

In this activity, you will be a sequence superstar and work out which two letters come next.

 

 

EdPlace 11+ detective

Pssstt!

Here's a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

Don't forget to use the letter line to help you work out the jumping pattern.

 

Good luck letter sequencer!

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