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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

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Worksheet Overview

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

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