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Know Your Sounds: The Letter 'c'

In this worksheet, students consider why the letter 'c' makes a hard sound in some words but a soft sound in others.

'Know Your Sounds: The Letter 'c'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Year:  Year 2 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Decode Words

Popular topics:   Reading Comprehension worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

The letter c makes a hard sound (like k) in some words, but a soft sound (like s) in others. For example:

city (soft c)


cat (hard c)


The way we pronounce the letter c in a word usually depends on the letter that comes straight after the c.


If the next letter is e, i or y, the c is usually soft.

cent   cinema   cylinder

If the next letter is a, o or u, it is usually hard.

cake    conker    cup



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