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Use the Correct Homophone

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

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'Use the Correct Homophone' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Homophones

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Worksheet Overview

Welcome word detective, are we pleased to see you! 

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 spelled differently. Words like this are called homophones.

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





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

Prince Charles is the heir to the throne.


The air that we breathe in

We breathed in the fresh 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:


An opening in the skin


Cause a liquid to flow


A talent


Sudden burst of flame


A regular series


Breakfast food




Moving downwards


Make a note of any new vocabulary as it will help you in this activity.

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

Carefully, she       (pores/pours) milk on her bowl of       (cereal/serial).


The correct answers are pours and cereal, so: Carefully, she pours milk on her bowl of cereal.

Girl eating cereal

Let’s try one more: 

The       (flare/flair) shot into the air then the flame made a gentle         (dissent/descent).

The correct answers are flare and descent, so: The flare shot into the air then the flame made a gentle descent.


Light in the dark


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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.


It’s now your turn to hunt some pesky homophones!

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