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Practise Spelling Common Homophones

In this worksheet, students will learn how to spell some common homophones (grate/great, missed/mist).

'Practise Spelling 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 two pairs of homophones:

great and grate

missed and mist


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


We had a great time at the party.


children at a part


Great has a similar meaning to really good, fantastic, wonderful!  


Grate has a few meanings:

Grate the cheese for lunch.


cheese on cheese grater


Grate is a way of preparing food, rubbing it against a metal object or cutting it into small pieces. 


The fire burned in the grate.


fire in a fireplace


A grate is also a metal frame for holding fuel in a fireplace.


Henry missed the bus.


double decker red bus


Missed means failed to do, catch, or reach something. 


I missed my dad when I went for a sleepover.


sad girl crying


Missed can also mean that someone felt sad as they couldn't see someone or something.


The hill was covered in mist.


a path on a hill with mist in the distance


Mist is a cloud of water droplets near the ground, similar to fog.


That's lots to remember! Let's see how we get on with the questions.

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