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

The /ch/ sound

Teaching point The most common way of spelling the sound /ch/ is with the letters ch. However, if the /ch/ sound comes straight after a short vowel, you need to put tch.


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


Read the words aloud and listen for the sound /ch/ in each word.

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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
bitch
hitch
witch
stitch
notch
crotch
Scotch
hitch
crutch
clutch
kitchen
butcher
hatchet
ketchup

Learn the words:
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Learn the words:
Study this word list 'Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check' spelling exercise English spelling games spelling test Worksheets and activities Printable handwriting worksheets


Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules These 4 words have short vowels but do NOT have tch,
just ch:

much rich such which


next part of the spelling course Go to next page: test yourself in the /ch/ words.

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