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Learn to Spell Tricky Homophones

In this worksheet, students will learn how to spell some common homophones (rain, rein, reign).

'Learn to Spell Tricky Homophones ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 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.


bare feet


In this activity, we are going to practise spelling a trio of homophones:

rain and rein and reign


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


Can you hear the rain?




Rain is a type of weather, when water fall from clouds.


The rider pulled on the horse's rein.


girl riding a horse


A rein is a long strap which is attached to a horse's harness around their head.  A rider holds the reins to steer and guide the horse.


Queen Elizabeth had a very long reign.




A reign is the time period that a monarch rules for.  It can also be used as a verb ('The new king will reign over the country').


Use Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check to practise spellings a few times before we begin the activities.

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