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Spell Common Homophones

In this worksheet, students will learn how to spell some common homophones (knot/not, main/mane, meat/meet).

'Spell Common Homophones ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Homophone Awareness

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we're going to to be looking at common homophones and how to spell them.


Homophones are words that sound the same, but mean different things and are spelt differently.


For example bear and bare.  


Read those two words out loud - did you notice that they sound exactly the same?  

They have completely different meanings though.

Let's look at each of them in a sentence:


The bear was prowling through the forest.


Brown bear walking on all fours


On hot days I like to take off my socks and have bare feet.



In this activity, we are going to practise spelling three pairs of homophones:


knot and not

main and mane

meet and meat


Let's look at these in a sentence so we can understand their different meanings:


This rope is tied in a knot.


knot in a rope


A knot is made when something like rope or string is looped around itself and tightened.



It is not raining.


a grassy meadow on a sunny day


We use the word not when we want to show the opposite of something or to express a negative.



There is a lot of traffic on the main road.


A busy road


Main means most important or largest.



The lion shook his mane.


a male lion on all fours


Adult male lions have a mane of long fur around their heads.



It's nice to meet you!


Two smiling girls


When we are face to face to someone we meet them.


Do you eat meat?


Selection of meat products


Food made from the flesh of an animal is called meat.


Ok, let's practise using these words now in the following questions.

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