Spelling the /k/ sound before a vowel: is it c or k?

spell c or k before a vowel? spell c or k before a vowel?
Why is it c in cat... ... but k in kitten?
Teaching point

Did you know, we use /k/ to show this sound that starts both cat and kitten but the most common spelling choice for it is c not k?!

If the vowel after the /k/ is a, o or u, we usually use c:


call, carrot
py, colour (US color)
p, cucumber

If the vowel is e or i, we usually use k.


keep, kettle
kilt, kitchen

If a c is followed by e or i then it makes the /s/ sound.


circle, cinema

If the next letter is a consonant e.g. r or l , we almost always use c.

crab, cricket, crumb
club, close, clap

Please turn your screen to landscape to play this game.

The Spellzone interactive course is intended to be used online and may not be printed.

Sign up to remove this advert

Your current location:

Unit 2: Spelling the consonant sounds, part 1

Page 10 of 13

Try Spellzone for free


Sign up to remove this advert

"Fantastic - the most relevant material/resource ever seen for both dyslexia and teaching spelling rules."

College Lecturer