Spelling the /ch/ sound - is it ch or tch?

The /ch/ sound.

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The /ch/ sound is usually spelled with the letters ch.

Sometimes, the /ch/ sound is spelled with the letters tch.
This happens if they come straight after a short vowel.



Think back - help with spelling rules Remember, short vowels are the sounds you hear at the start of these words:
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alligator
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elephant
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insect
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octopus
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umbrella

Read these aloud and listen to the /ch/ sound.

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chair match
chain
charm
chat
cheap
cheese
cherry
chess
chicken
children
chips
chop
choose
church
beech (tree)
beach(sea)
bench
bunch
coach
French
lunch
march
perch
speech
teacher
torch
winch

catch
hatch
latch
snatch
watch
stretch
hitch
witch
stitch
notch
crotch
Scotch
hitch
crutch
clutch
kitchen
butcher
hatchet
ketchup
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Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules These four words have short vowels but do NOT have tch, just ch:

much rich such which


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