Lesson 2: Sorting ourselves

Children sort themselves into groups based upon given categories before undertaking this activity independently

Before the lesson

Learning Objectives

  • To understand how to sort and categorise objects.
  • To explain how items have been sorted and categorised.

EYFS outcomes

Communication and language

  • Articulate their ideas and thoughts in well-formed sentences.
  • Use talk to help work out problems and organise thinking and activities, and to explain how things work and why they might happen.
  • ELG: Listening, attention and understanding: Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding.
  • ELG: Speaking: Participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabulary.



  • Count objects, actions and sounds
  • Subitise
  • Count beyond ten
  • Compare numbers
  • Understand the ‘one more than/one less than’ relationship between consecutive numbers
  • Continue, copy and create repeating patterns
  • Compare length, weight and capacity


Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically


Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

ELGs taken from the new statutory framework for the EYFS, 2021.


Teacher notes

Key vocabulary


Next steps

Make a note of any specific next steps for individual children.

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