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Spelling: Words Beginning with 'c' and 'k'

In this worksheet, students decide whether to use 'c' or 'k' at the beginning of a word.

'Spelling: Words Beginning with 'c' and 'k'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:  Spelling Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The 'k' phoneme can be spelt with a 'c' or a 'k' at the beginning of a word.

 

 

cat and kitten

 

There are rules that can help us know whether to choose 'c' or 'k'.

If the second letter of the word is 'e' or 'i' then we use 'k'.

kettle

kitchen

 

If the second letter is 'a', 'o' or 'u' then we use 'c'.

camera

coffee

cup

 

If the second letter of the word is a consonant (a letter that is not a vowel) then we use 'c'.

clip

crash

 

Some words do begin ce- or ci-, but in these words the 'c' sounds like 's'.

cereal

circle

Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

 

My grandad __________ pigeons.

pigeon

ceeps

keeps

Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

 

My big brother is going to art __________ in September.

paint

college

kollege

Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

 

Mum drew the __________ when it got dark.

curtains

curtains

kurtains

Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

 

Mum said that my room was full of __________.

clutter

klutter

Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

 

Our cow had a __________ last night.

calf

calf

kalf

This time, decide whether the word in bold has been spelt correctly or not.

 

We had kippers for tea last night.

correct

incorrect

Is the word in bold correct?

 

We built electric circuits in our science lesson.

circuit

correct

incorrect

Is the word in bold correct?

 

There were a lot of kustomers in front of me at the till.

correct

incorrect

Is the word in bold correct?

 

Olivia is very kreative. She loves art lessons.​

paint

correct

incorrect

Is the word in bold correct?

 

Mum made a huge cake to celebrate my birthday.

cake

 

correct

incorrect

  • Question 1

Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

 

My grandad __________ pigeons.

pigeon

CORRECT ANSWER
keeps
EDDIE SAYS
What an interesting pet! How did you get on? It was '...keeps pigeons'.
  • Question 2

Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

 

My big brother is going to art __________ in September.

paint

CORRECT ANSWER
college
EDDIE SAYS
What a fantastic shade of blue! College starts with a 'c'.
  • Question 3

Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

 

Mum drew the __________ when it got dark.

curtains

CORRECT ANSWER
curtains
EDDIE SAYS
Remember the spelling rule here? If the second letter is 'u' it usually starts with a 'c' rather than a 'k'.
  • Question 4

Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

 

Mum said that my room was full of __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
clutter
EDDIE SAYS
The rule to remember here is, if the second letter is a consonant (not a vowel) then it would usually start with a 'c' rather than a 'k'.
  • Question 5

Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

 

Our cow had a __________ last night.

calf

CORRECT ANSWER
calf
EDDIE SAYS
Oh, look how little the calf is! How are you getting on? Keep up the hard work!
  • Question 6

This time, decide whether the word in bold has been spelt correctly or not.

 

We had kippers for tea last night.

CORRECT ANSWER
correct
EDDIE SAYS
'Kippers' does start with a 'k'. Have you ever tasted them?
  • Question 7

Is the word in bold correct?

 

We built electric circuits in our science lesson.

circuit

CORRECT ANSWER
correct
EDDIE SAYS
The word is correct even though the second letter is 'i' because the 'c' sounds like 's' in this word.
  • Question 8

Is the word in bold correct?

 

There were a lot of kustomers in front of me at the till.

CORRECT ANSWER
incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
This time it was incorrect, it should be 'customers'.
  • Question 9

Is the word in bold correct?

 

Olivia is very kreative. She loves art lessons.​

paint

CORRECT ANSWER
incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
What colourful and creative hands Olivia! The second letter is a consonant so it would start with a 'c', the correct spelling is 'creative'.
  • Question 10

Is the word in bold correct?

 

Mum made a huge cake to celebrate my birthday.

cake

 

CORRECT ANSWER
correct
EDDIE SAYS
Wow, this looks rather yummy! It is correct even though the second letter is 'e' because the 'c' sounds like 's'.
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