What are vowels and consonants?

Learn about vowels and consonants with this video from BBC Bitesize.

Vowels and consonants

Words are built from vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and consonants (the rest of the alphabet).

The letter 'y' is a bit different, because sometimes it acts as a consonant and sometimes it acts as a vowel.

Knowing how vowels and consonants work together to make words and sounds will help you with your spelling.

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An introduction to which letters are vowels and which are consonants.

What are vowels and consonants?