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Sorting and Classifying

This week we are going to be learning about sorting and classifying objects. Watch the video below and have a go at sorting things in your house.

This week I have divided the learning into steps. Move onto the next step when you feel your child is ready and practise sorting a range of different objects within each step until they are able to do this independently. Next week we will look at extending this work further.


Step 1:

Give the children a collection of objects to sort, for example food from the cupboards or some of their toys. Talk about what is the same and what is different about the objects you are sorting, for example 'These are boxes. These are not boxes' or 'These are cars. These are bricks'. Have 2 boxes to sort the objects into or create 2 piles and tell your child how to sort the objects-boxes/not boxes; cars/bricks.

Ask your child 'What do you notice?'


Step 2:

In the first step, you told your child how to sort the objects. In this step, your child will use their skills of comparing to identify something to sort objects into 2 groups. Look at a collection of objects, for example dinosaur toys. Ask your child 'What do you notice about this dinosaur?' Your child might notice that it has spiky bits. Find other dinosaurs that have spiky bits and put them in a group. Put all the other dinosaurs into another group. Discuss with your child that they have a group of dinosaurs with spiky bits and a group of dinosaurs with no spiky bits. You could write labels for your groups.


Step 3:

If your child is ready, look at a collection of objects that could be sorted in different ways-for example, a group of toy vehicles. Ask your child 'How could you sort the vehicles?' They might decide to sort by cars/not cars. Sort the vehicles and then look at the 'not cars' set. Sort these further by type-train, bus, aeroplane etc. Then ask your child 'Can we sort them a different way?' - You could sort them by colour, whether they go on land, air or sea, number of wheels...

Sorting Step 3

Lots of things in your house can be used for sorting activities and it's a great way of keeping things tidy-your child's bedroom should be spotless by the end of this week! You could:

  • sort your toys
  • sort the cutlery in the drawers
  • sort the food in the cupboards
  • sort your clothes in your wardrobe
  • sort the socks in the washing basket
  • sort the pens and pencils

Let me know what else you have found to sort and tidy!