# Reception sorting and grouping resources

In Reception (the first year of the Early Years Foundation Stage – EYFS), children typically learn about sorting and grouping through various hands-on activities and play-based experiences. Here are some key concepts and activities related to sorting and grouping that are commonly covered in Reception:

1. **Identifying Attributes**: Children learn to recognize and identify different attributes or characteristics of objects, such as color, shape, size, texture, and purpose.

2. **Sorting by Attributes**: They engage in activities where they sort objects based on their attributes. For example, sorting objects by color (e.g., red, blue, green), shape (e.g., circles, squares, triangles), or size (e.g., big, small).

3. **Grouping Objects**: Children learn to group objects based on similarities and differences. They might group objects that belong to the same category (e.g., animals, vehicles) or have similar functions (e.g., things we eat, things we wear).

4. **Pattern Recognition**: Introduction to basic patterns and sequences can be incorporated into sorting activities. For example, arranging objects in an ABAB pattern (e.g., red, blue, red, blue) or creating simple color or shape sequences.

5. **Comparing and Contrasting**: Children are encouraged to compare and contrast objects within groups. This helps develop their understanding of similarities and differences.

6. **Problem-Solving**: Through sorting and grouping activities, children are encouraged to solve simple problems and make decisions based on logical reasoning.

7. **Language Development**: Teachers facilitate discussions during sorting activities to help children articulate their thinking and use mathematical language related to sorting and grouping (e.g., “more,” “less,” “same,” “different,” “sort,” “group”).

8. **Exploration through Play**: Sorting and grouping activities are often integrated into play-based learning experiences, such as sorting blocks by color, sorting toys into different containers, or sorting natural objects found during outdoor exploration.

9. **Hands-on Materials**: Providing a variety of manipulatives and materials (e.g., colored counters, buttons, beads, blocks) allows children to explore sorting and grouping in a tangible way.

10. **Assessment through Observation**: Teachers observe children’s interactions with sorting activities to assess their understanding and inform future teaching strategies.

Overall, the focus in Reception is on building foundational skills in sorting and grouping through hands-on exploration, play, and guided activities that promote critical thinking and mathematical understanding.