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Year 1 Words ending nk tch ve and y

Spelling resources to teach the statutory requirements in Appendix 1 of the English curriculum:

  • The /ŋ/ sound spelt n before k
  • The /tʃ/ sound is usually spelt as tch if it comes straight after a single vowel letter.
  • English words hardly ever end with the letter v, so if a word ends with a /v/ sound, the letter e usually needs to be added after the ‘v’
  • When a word ends in an /i:/(‘ee’) or /ɪ/ (‘i’) sound, it can be spelt –y.

Each lesson explains the spelling rule and gives examples of words for a class activity where the children can try to spell the words.

  • Words ending nk
  • Words ending tch
  • Words ending ve
  • Words ending y

Each activity contains pictures and sentences with the relevant missing words for the children to spell. They are all in pdf format.

  • Wordsearch nk
  • Wordsearch tch
  • Wordsearch ve
  • Wordsearch - words ending y
  • Rearrange the nk words
  • Rearrange the tch words
  • Rearrange the ve words

Although every effort has been made to check wordsearches for unintentional inappropriate words, it is recommended that teachers double check them before giving to children.


  • Word lists - nk tch ve: A pdf file with lists of age-appropriate words containing the relevant graphemes.
  • Y1 Spelling - Words ending nk tch ve y planning:  An outline planning document in Word, matching the activities above with learning objectives and spelling rules and guidelines.

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