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Using Homophones and Homonyms

In this worksheet, pupils will rehearse how to use homophones and other words that are easily confused correctly. This exercise will help the pupil to feel more prepared for the SATs SPAG test.

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'Using Homophones and Homonyms' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: SATs English

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Spellings

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Worksheet Overview

Great job! You have decided to spend some time practising for your SPAG test.


In this activity, you will recap the meaning of homophones and homonyms and practice answering some questions to help you to feel more prepared for the SPAG test.


What is a homophone?

Homophones are groups of words that sound the same when you say them but have different meanings and spellings.

The word 'homophone' even means one sound!

There are not any set rules to help us to remember homophones, instead, we have to learn them and remember when to use them.


For example, check and cheque.

These homophones sound the same but mean different things.

Check = to examine something to determine its quality/ condition.

Cheque = an order given to a bank to pay someone a sum of money.


Tricky homophones:

Some homophones are a little trickier than others because there are more than two in the group and/or it can be difficult to remember which one to use in the correct context!


For example:

there  their  they're


There  = in, at or to that place/ position.

Their = a belonging associated with a person or thing.

They're = the contraction for 'they are'.


Another Example:

Tree bark and dog bark


tree bark         dog


or pen (a place to hold animals) and pen (a tool to write with).


Over to you now to have a go at some practice questions...good luck!


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