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This week, we will be focusing on the silent letters ‘g’, ‘k’


  • 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.
  • Vowels are the letters ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘o’, ‘u’, all other letters are consonants.


Teaching points

Silent ‘g’ is often followed by ‘n’ and the ‘n’ is often followed by a vowel.

Silent ‘g’ is often followed by ‘n’ and often in the letter string ‘ign’.

Silent ‘k’ is always followed by ‘n’ and the ‘n’ is always followed by a vowel.

Pick one of the activities to do each day!