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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

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Phonological Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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

 

 

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

caught

soft

hard

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

celery

soft

hard

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

certain

soft

hard

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

call

soft

hard

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

camel

soft

hard

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

decade

soft

hard

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

because

soft

hard

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

decide

soft

hard

Read the following passage. How many examples are there of the hard c sound?

 

Mrs Clark's class had been learning about shapes. There was a poster on the wall showing circles, squares, rectangles, triangles and other polygons, and they had hung a mobile from the ceiling with cylinders, cones, prisms, cuboids and other 3D shapes.

5

6

7

Read the following passage. How many examples are there of the soft c sound?

 

Jacob was excited. His birthday was on 3rd December and he was certain he was going to receive a new bicycle. He decided to celebrate by calling his friends Connor and Callum and inviting them round.

5

6

7

  • Question 1

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

caught

CORRECT ANSWER
hard
  • Question 2

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

celery

CORRECT ANSWER
soft
  • Question 3

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

certain

CORRECT ANSWER
soft
  • Question 4

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

call

CORRECT ANSWER
hard
  • Question 5

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

camel

CORRECT ANSWER
hard
  • Question 6

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

decade

CORRECT ANSWER
hard
  • Question 7

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

because

CORRECT ANSWER
hard
  • Question 8

Decide whether the c sound in the following word is hard or soft.

 

decide

CORRECT ANSWER
soft
  • Question 9

Read the following passage. How many examples are there of the hard c sound?

 

Mrs Clark's class had been learning about shapes. There was a poster on the wall showing circles, squares, rectangles, triangles and other polygons, and they had hung a mobile from the ceiling with cylinders, cones, prisms, cuboids and other 3D shapes.

CORRECT ANSWER
6
  • Question 10

Read the following passage. How many examples are there of the soft c sound?

 

Jacob was excited. His birthday was on 3rd December and he was certain he was going to receive a new bicycle. He decided to celebrate by calling his friends Connor and Callum and inviting them round.

CORRECT ANSWER
7
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