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 This week, we are going to be focusing on spelling words that have a silent 'b' and a silent 'c'. 

  • Many words in English have silent letters.
  • Spoken language changes faster than written language.
  • The following words have a letter in them which was probably sounded many years ago but no longer is.
  • Silent letters are not sounded but are still needed for accurate spelling.

When thinking about the silent 'b' sound, the silent ‘b’ often follows ‘m’ and comes before ‘t’ in a few words (debt, doubt, subtle).  

When thinking about the silent 'c' sound, Silent ‘c’ often follows ‘s' (ascend, science, scene).