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Identify Initial Phonemes

In this worksheet, students practise identifying the initial phoneme in words. The worksheet requires the student to listen to audio clips.

'Identify Initial Phonemes' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Phonological Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Look at the picture and listen to the word.

 

 

The first sound in the word is 'd'.

 

In this worksheet you can listen to different words and work out what sound they begin with.

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

 

What is the first sound in the word?

m

p

b

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

king

 

What is the first sound in the word?

k

g

ch

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

fish

 

What is the first sound in the word?

th

f

v

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

ship

 

What is the first sound in the word?

th

ch

sh

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

moth

 

What is the first sound in the word?

n

m

w

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

woman pointing to her chin

 

What is the first sound in the word?

sh

th

ch

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

 

What is the first sound in the word?

w

r

n

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

 

What is the first sound in the word?

y

w

u

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

van

 

What is the first sound in the word?

f

v

w

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

 

What is the first sound in the word?

r

y

l

  • Question 1

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

 

What is the first sound in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
b
EDDIE SAYS
Listen really carefully to the clip and look at the picture to help, remember you can listen to the clip as many times as you need. To try and find the first sound in the word. It can help to say the word out loud to yourself. Robot talk the word so you have to break down each sound. 'B-a-t' has three phonemes. The first sound is b'.
  • Question 2

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

king

 

What is the first sound in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
k
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? If you aren't sure what the clip says use the picture to help you. The word 'king' has 3 phonemes 'k-i-ng'. The first sound that we hear is 'K'. This can be tricky as this sound can be made with either a 'c' or 'k'. Looking at the options you can see that 'k' is the only option that would be right. Keep up the good effort!
  • Question 3

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

fish

 

What is the first sound in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
f
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? Remember you can hear which phonemes (sounds) make up the word if you say the word out loud to yourself. Talking like a robot can help us to break down the word to hear each phoneme. The word 'fish' has 3 phonemes, 'f-i-sh'. The first sound you can hear is 'f'.
  • Question 4

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

ship

 

What is the first sound in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
sh
EDDIE SAYS
This could be a tricky one as many people often get the digraphs 'ch' and 'sh' mixed up. The word is 'ship'. The 'sh' sound is like when you are telling someone to be quiet. This is the first sound that you hear in the word. 'Sh' is a digraph which means that it is two letters that make one sound.
  • Question 5

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

moth

 

What is the first sound in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
m
EDDIE SAYS
Are you starting to get the hang of this? Remember you need to listen really carefully to the audio clip. Break down the word to hear each sound. 'M-o-th' has 3 phonemes. The first phoneme (sound) is 'm'. You can do this! Try the next question!
  • Question 6

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

woman pointing to her chin

 

What is the first sound in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
ch
EDDIE SAYS
Pretending your a robot can really help us to find the phonemes in words. It helps us to break the word down. Listen carefully and the robot talk the word you can hear. 'Ch-i-n' has 3 phonemes. The first sound we can hear is 'ch'. Keep it up superstar!
  • Question 7

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

 

What is the first sound in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
r
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? The first sound we can hear is 'r'. The word is 'rich'. You can break the word into 3 phonemes, 'r-i-ch'. Sometimes clapping the sounds you can hear can also help to find the correct phonemes in a word. Keep up the good effort!
  • Question 8

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

 

What is the first sound in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
w
EDDIE SAYS
Have you become and expert yet? You might find you sound silly talking in a robot voice but it can really help to break words down. The first sound we can hear in the clip is 'w'. The word 'web has 3 phonemes, 'w-e-b'. Remember to look at the picture, it is there to give you a clue. Nearly there now!
  • Question 9

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

van

 

What is the first sound in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
v
EDDIE SAYS
The first sound you can hear in this word is 'v'. Did you pick that answer? The word 'van' has 3 phonemes, 'v-a-n'. When you are stuck make sure you say the word out loud so you can hear and feel each phoneme you are saying.
  • Question 10

Look at the picture and listen to the sound clip.

 

 

What is the first sound in the word?

CORRECT ANSWER
l
EDDIE SAYS
Last question well done! The word being said is 'lid'. The first sound you can hear is 'l'. Just remember when you say the word if you have to change the shape of you mouth you are saying a new phoneme. Great effort!
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