This afternoon, the children continued learning all about science as they began looking at classification. We started by focusing on the various ways in which we can group objects and where this might be useful in everyday life…
-Supermarkets so that you can find what you are looking for easily
-The cutlery drawer to separate each piece of silverware
-Sorting recycling into different bins
We then discussed how we classify things by breaking down a large group into smaller groups based on their observable features. Children were given an array of pictures and were tasked with splitting them into two groups by asking a yes or no question. We then played a game to see how quickly children could classify the various pictures.
To conclude the lesson, we looked at the importance of effective questioning. The played some games of ‘Guess Who?’ to see if the chidlren were able to ask questions that would allow them to find the person they were looking for.
A great afternoon indeed. Next time, the children will be looking at creating their own multi-stage classification keys in order sort a large group into sub-groups until they have separated them all successfully.