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Split digraph vowel sounds

In this worksheet, students spell words accurately applying phonological knowledge.

'Split digraph vowel sounds' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Spell Common Exception Words

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A split digraph works by using an ‘e’ after the initial vowel to change the sound of the vowel. With a split digraph, tot turns into tote, hug to huge and tub to tube. Can you hear the change in the sound of the first vowel from a hard sound to a longer softer sound? This is because of the ‘e’.

 

There are 5 split digraphs; a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e and u_e.

 

This is the split digraph a_e. The split digraph 'a_e is the same as the digraph 'ae'. The digraph makes the same sound, however it has been split by a constant. 

Listen to these words:

cap hate  fat can mane.

The 'ae' digraph has been split by different letters, but the phoneme still makes the same sound.

 

This is the split digraph i_e. The split digraph 'i_e' is the same as the digraph 'ie'. The digraph makes the same sound, however it has been split by a constant. Remember the sound is the same, the digraph has just been split. You do not sound out the 'e' at the end as it is part of the phoneme 'i_e'.

Listen to these words:

pin fin kite  bite

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

A very thick cord is called a  ________________.

rope

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

The name of one of the summer months is ________________.

 

flowers in a field

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

Not only one mouse, but two ________________.

mice

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

Here is an ice cream ________________.

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

Frozen water is called ________________.

ice cube

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

Toothpaste comes in a ________________.

 

tube

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

If you tease a dog it could ________________.

Dog eating his food

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

If you play with matches you could start a  ________________.

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

The number after four is ________________.

 

numbers

Now let’s write some words with a magic 'e'.

A huge pond is called a ________________.

 

  • Question 1

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

A very thick cord is called a  ________________.

rope

CORRECT ANSWER
rope
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The word 'rope' uses the split digraph o_e. Remember even though it is split it makes the same sound as the digraph 'oe'. A good way to remember is to remind yourself that the 'e' in the split digraph makes the 'o' say it's name. Try the next question.
  • Question 2

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

The name of one of the summer months is ________________.

 

flowers in a field

CORRECT ANSWER
June
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to use a capital letter for the word June? This example uses the split digraph 'u_e'. Remember even though it is a split digraph the sound does not change. You still say it as one sound even though there is a different letter in between. Give the next question a try.
  • Question 3

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

Not only one mouse, but two ________________.

mice

CORRECT ANSWER
mice
EDDIE SAYS
This is a picture of mice so you needed to use the phoneme i_e. In this example the 'e' in the split digraph makes the 'i' make its vowel sound. The 'e' at the end of each split digraph should not be sounded out, it has a special job of making the letter it is paired with make it's vowel sound.
  • Question 4

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

Here is an ice cream ________________.

CORRECT ANSWER
cone
EDDIE SAYS
This is a cone so you needed to use the split digraph o_e. Look at the picture for clues to what the object is. Then sound out the word carefully so that you can hear each of the phonemes within the word. Keep up the great effort!
  • Question 5

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

Frozen water is called ________________.

ice cube

CORRECT ANSWER
ice
EDDIE SAYS
The word is 'ice'. This uses the split digraph 'i_e'. Just because the phoneme has been split the sound does not change. You can do this!
  • Question 6

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

Toothpaste comes in a ________________.

 

tube

CORRECT ANSWER
tube
EDDIE SAYS
This can be a tricky one, but just remember look at the picture and think of which word it could be. The word we were looking for is 'tube'. The split digraph u_e makes the 'ue' sound as in 'statue'. Great effort! Give the next question a go.
  • Question 7

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

If you tease a dog it could ________________.

Dog eating his food

CORRECT ANSWER
bite
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of this now? The missing word is 'bite'. Remember each word contains a split digraph. Try to remember the 'e' at the end of each split digraph should not be sounded out, it has a special job of making the letter it is paired with make it's vowel sound.
  • Question 8

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

If you play with matches you could start a  ________________.

CORRECT ANSWER
fire
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? The missing word is 'fire' which uses the split digraph 'i_e'. Remember the 'e' in the digraph makes it's partner letter say it's own name. Your nearly there! Well done!
  • Question 9

Use the picture to help you write the missing word. Hint: Each missing word uses a split digraph.

The number after four is ________________.

 

numbers

CORRECT ANSWER
five
EDDIE SAYS
How are you doing? The missing word is 'five'. The split digraph 'i_e' makes the 'ie' sound as in 'pie'. You are nearly done! Great effort!
  • Question 10

Now let’s write some words with a magic 'e'.

A huge pond is called a ________________.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
lake
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The missing word is 'lake'. This word uses the split digraph a_e. Remember the 'e' in the digraph makes the first letter make the vowel sound, so the 'a' says it's own name. High five for effort!
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