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Recognise the Correct Homophone Spelling

In this worksheet, students will learn key homophones and find the correct homophone to complete a sentence.

'Recognise the Correct Homophone Spelling' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Homophones

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Welcome word detective! We’ve got another word puzzle on our hands and we need your help.


What do you notice about the following words?

heir          air


You’ve got it! They both sound the same but they are spelt differently. Words like this are called homophones.

We need to know when to use each of the words above:


Word Meaning Example


The person who is next in line to the throne or a business

Prince Charles is the heir to the throne.

Cartoon prince and princess


The air that we breathe in

We breathed in the fresh air.

Man smelling ocean air


Using these meanings, which word would best complete this sentence?

He was the eldest son and ____ (heir, air) to the throne.


The best answer is heir as we are discussing the person who will take over when the King or Queen dies, so: He was the eldest son and heir to the throne.

Here are some other examples of homophones and when to use them:



The animal


On your head


Still and not moving


Tools to write with


Out and away


Coming number 4 in a sequence


To force something open


An award


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Top Tip: The best way to get to grips with pesky homophones is to write them down in your vocab book. This way, you can learn what each spelling means.


Use the table above to help select the words that best complete this sentence:

The  ____ (hair/hare) raced ____ (forth/fourth) from its burrow.


Illustration of a hare


The correct answers are hare and forth, so: The hare raced forth from its burrow.


Let’s try one more: 

I needed to  _____ (prize/prise) the lid off the new tin of _____ (stationery/stationary).

The correct answers are prise and stationery, so: I needed to prise the lid off the new tin of stationery.


Two glass jars filled with pencils


It’s now your turn to hunt the homophones. Good luck and don’t forget to use your stationery to make a note of any new words!

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