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Identify the Following Letter Value

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.

'Identify the Following Letter Value' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Letter Sequences

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hello letter detective, it’s time for another letter puzzle. Can you help us to solve the challenge below?

 

We are going to look at the alphabet in a different way than usual.

 

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.

 

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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!

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

DE, HI, LM, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

EF, KL, QR, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

HI, PQ, XY, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

UV, VW, WX, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

ZY, YX, XW, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

LM, UV, DE, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

PO, GF, XW, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

JK, UV, FG, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

XW, LK, ZY, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

UT, NM, GF, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

  • Question 1

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

DE, HI, LM, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

CORRECT ANSWER
PQ
P Q
EDDIE SAYS
Were you able to identify out the sequence pattern? It's made up of pairs of letters and follows the order of the alphabet, with three jumps between each letter pair. So using the first alphabet chart you would count three jumps after LM, to reach PQ.
  • Question 2

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

EF, KL, QR, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

CORRECT ANSWER
WX
W X
EDDIE SAYS
This sequence is made up of pairs of letters and follows the order of the alphabet, with five jumps each time. So after QR, if you make five jumps you reach WX. Great detective work if you spotted that! Don't worry if you didn't we will practice some more together until you feel super confident.
  • Question 3

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

HI, PQ, XY, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

CORRECT ANSWER
FG
F G
EDDIE SAYS
This sequence is made up of pairs of letters and follows the order of the alphabet, with a jump of seven letters each time. So, seven jumps after XY is FG. Remember to start back at the beginning of the alphabet if you reach the end when you are working out the answer.
  • Question 4

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

UV, VW, WX, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

CORRECT ANSWER
XY
X Y
EDDIE SAYS
This sequence follows the order of the alphabet, with the last letter in each letter pair being the first letter in the following pair. So after WX comes XY. Great work, sequence solver...
  • Question 5

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

ZY, YX, XW, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

CORRECT ANSWER
W V
WV
EDDIE SAYS
This sequence follows the order of the alphabet in reverse, with the last letter in each letter pair being the first letter in the following pair, So, after XW comes WV. Remember that some sequences go forwards in the alphabet and some go in reverse order (backwards)!
  • Question 6

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

LM, UV, DE, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

CORRECT ANSWER
MN
M N
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! This sequence is made up of pairs of letters and follows the order of the alphabet, with a jump of eight letters each time. So after DE, if you make eight jumps you reach MN.
  • Question 7

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

PO, GF, XW, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

CORRECT ANSWER
ON
O N
EDDIE SAYS
Did you work this one out? This sequence is made up of pairs of letters and follows the reverse order of the alphabet, with a jump of eight letters each time. So after XW, if you count eight jumps you reach ON.
  • Question 8

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

JK, UV, FG, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

CORRECT ANSWER
QR
Q R
EDDIE SAYS
This sequence follows the order of the alphabet, with a jump of ten letters each time. So after FG, if you count ten jumps you reach QR. Quick, onto the next question!
  • Question 9

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

XW, LK, ZY, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

CORRECT ANSWER
NM
N M
EDDIE SAYS
This sequence is made up of pairs of letters and follows the reverse order of the alphabet, with eleven jumps each time. So eleven jumps after ZY, you reach NM. Click for the final question detective, can you crack the last code?
  • Question 10

Here is a sequence of letters:

 

UT, NM, GF, __

 

Find the next letter pair in this sequence.

 

You may use the two alphabet charts below to help you. 

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

Z Y X W V U T S R Q P O N M L K J I H G F E D C B A

CORRECT ANSWER
ZY
Z Y
EDDIE SAYS
This sequence is made up of pairs of letters and follows the reverse order of the alphabet, There are six jumps each time. So six jumps from GF, you reach ZY. Well done for completing all the questions in this activity! You should now feel super confident when asked to identify the next letter value in an alphabet sequence.
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