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Spell Complex Homophones

In this worksheet, students will learn how to spell some homophones (ascent/assent, descent/dissent).

'Spell Complex Homophones ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Homophone Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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 two pairs of homophones:


ascent and assent

descent and dissent


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


The ascent was difficult but fun.


boy hiking up a hill

An ascent is a climb or walk to the top of a mountain or hill.


He gave his assent.


green tick

Assent is a noun meaning agreement or a verb meaning to agree.


The descent was much easier than the climb up!


two children hiking

A descent is a climb or walk down a mountain or hill.


She expressed her dissent - she didn't agree.


red cross

Dissent is a noun meaning disagreement or a verb meaning to disagree.  This disagreement is with a commonly held opinion.


Let's practise spelling these words!

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