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Digraphs 'ur', 'ir' and 'er' 3

In this worksheet, students will practise spelling words containing the digraphs 'ur', 'ir' and 'er' by typing these words from dictation.

'Digraphs 'ur', 'ir' and 'er' 3' 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: 

Dog and trophy 

 

Type the sentence below. Remember a full stop to finish.

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Type the sentence below.

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balloon 

Type the sentence below.

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Boy on roundabout 

 

Type the sentence below.

Look at this:

 

 

Type the sentence below.

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man diving 

 

Type the sentence below.

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Type the sentence below.

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tree 

 

Type the sentence below.

  • Question 1

Look at this: 

Dog and trophy 

 

Type the sentence below. Remember a full stop to finish.

CORRECT ANSWER
The dog won first prize.
EDDIE SAYS
Great to see you giving this a go! 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 next question a try!
  • Question 2

Look at this:

 

Type the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
This shirt is hanging up.
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. Don't forget to use a capital letter at the start of your sentence and a full stop to finish. Keep going superstar!
  • Question 3

Look at this:

balloon 

Type the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
The balloon burst with a bang!
The balloon burst with a bang.
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? In the word 'burst' we can hear the sound in the middle of the word so we spell it with the 'ur' digraph. You could have finished your sentence with an exclamation mark to show the shock of the balloon bursting. Try the next question and don't forget your capital letters! You can do this!
  • Question 4

Look at this:

Boy on roundabout 

 

Type the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Roundabouts turn round and round.
EDDIE SAYS
Are you starting to get the hang of this? We can hear the 'ur' sound in the word 'turn'. 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:

 

 

Type the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
This is a male blackbird.
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? The word 'bird' has the 'ir' digraph in the middle of the word. It has four phonemes 'b-ir-d'. Always look to check if you think the word looks right. You have got this!
  • Question 6

Look at this:

man diving 

 

Type the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
The swimmer dived under the water.
EDDIE SAYS
How are you doing super star? Remember the general rule is that the 'ur' and 'ir' digraph come 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:

 

 

Type the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
The boy's head hurt.
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 'ur' sound can be heard in the middle of the word ' h-ur-t'. To spell it correctly we use the 'ur' digraph. Nearly done! Give the last question a try!
  • Question 8

Look at this:

tree 

 

Type the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Trees lose their leaves in winter.
EDDIE SAYS
Last question! How did you get on? 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. High five for effort! Well done!
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