Identifying, classifying & grouping

Pupils make sense of how the world is organised. Identification is the process of using differences to name something and classification is organising things into groups. Opportunities to identify arise when pupils recognise not all birds are the same for example and can identify and name them. They can then use observable and behavioural similarities to group them and add new things.

Across the year groups, there are lesson suggestions for developing the skill of Identifying, classifying & grouping from Year 1-11.

Definition adapted from ‘It’s not fair - or is it?’ (Turner, Keogh, Lawrence & Naylor, 2011)

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