English KS2: Silent letters

A fun, animated guide to a variety of words with silent letters, with inventive strategies for remembering them.

The guide takes a look at; the silent 'n' in solemn, autumn, column and hymn; the silent 't' in listen, whistle, fasten, castle, thistle, wrestle, gristle, glisten; and others including island, salmon, February and sword.

The words in the final set are pronounced as they are written to give children a strategy to help remember how to spell them.

This short film is from the BBC series, Wonderful Words, a series of animated clips to support vocabulary knowledge.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used in teaching about the silent letters in words to reinforce spellings containing silent letters.

Pupils could could listen to a passage of text read out and asked to spot the words with silent letters.

This could also be used to help develop techniques for remembering words with silents letters.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant to teaching English at KS2 level in England and Northern Ireland and Second Level in Scotland.

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