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Digraphs 'ur', 'ir' and 'er' 1

In this worksheet, students will practise spelling words containing the digraphs 'ur', 'ir' and 'er'.

'Digraphs 'ur', 'ir' and 'er' 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Distinguish Different Spellings of Same Sound

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

These words have the same sound but different spellings.

church

girl

 

In this worksheet you will practise spelling words that use digraphs 'ur' and 'ir'.

 

 

summer

 

The digraph 'er' also sounds the same as 'ur' and 'ir', but is usually found at the end of words.

Look at this:

bird 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

berd

bird

Look at this:

shirt 

Pick the correct spelling.

shurt

shirt

Look at this:

Boy thinking 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

hert

hurt

Look at this:

tree 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

wintir

winter

Look at this:

popped balloon 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

burst

birst

Look at this:

man diving 

 

 

Pick the correct spelling. 

under

undur

Look at this:

Dog with a trophy 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

ferst

first

Look at this:

boy playing on a roundabout 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

turn

tirn

  • Question 1

Look at this:

bird 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
bird
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? This can be tricky as both 'er' and 'ir' make the same sound. The trick is to remember that the 'er' digraph often comes at the end of a word. The digraph 'ir' normally comes in the middle of a word. The word 'b-ir-d' uses the 'ir' digraph in the middle of the word. Give the next question a try.
  • Question 2

Look at this:

shirt 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
shirt
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? There is no rule as to when you should use 'ur' or 'ir'. The best thing to do is to look at both options and decide which one you think looks right. The word 'shirt' is spelt using the 'ir' digraph. Keep going superstar!
  • Question 3

Look at this:

Boy thinking 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
hurt
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? Remember the digraph 'er' generally comes at the end of a word. In the word 'hurt' we can hear the sound in the middle of the word so we spell it with the 'ur' digraph. You can do this!
  • Question 4

Look at this:

tree 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
winter
EDDIE SAYS
Are you starting to get the hang of this? We can hear the 'er' sound at the end of the word 'winter'. This means we need to use the 'er digraph to spell the word correctly. Make sure you really listen to the sounds in the word. Say it aloud to yourself and clap each time you hear a new sound. Keep up the super effort!
  • Question 5

Look at this:

popped balloon 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
burst
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? The word 'burst' has the 'ur' digraph in the middle of the word. It has four phonemes 'b-ur-s-t'. Always look at both options to check which one you think looks right. You have got this!
  • Question 6

Look at this:

man diving 

 

 

Pick the correct spelling. 

CORRECT ANSWER
under
EDDIE SAYS
Did you pick the right one? Remember the general rule is that the 'ur' digraph comes at the start or middle of the word. The 'er' digraph often comes when the sound is at the end of the word. 'Under' is spelt with the 'er' digraph. Great effort! Keep going!
  • Question 7

Look at this:

Dog with a trophy 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
first
EDDIE SAYS
Have you got the hang of this now? Can you hear the sound we are looking at? Really listen to the clip. Say the word slowly to hear all the phonemes. The 'ir' sound can be heard in the middle of the word ' f-ir-s-t'. To spell it correctly we use the 'ir' digraph. Give the last question a try!
  • Question 8

Look at this:

boy playing on a roundabout 

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
turn
EDDIE SAYS
Last question! How did you get on? As there is no rule for which digraph should be used, the best way to decide is to look at both options and decide which one you think looks right. The word 't-ur-n' has 3 phonemes and is spelt using the 'ur' digraph. High five for effort! Well done!
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