same_different_sortingThis resource is aimed at pupils in junior classes or pupils with speech and language difficulties. Categorisation/sorting is an important skill for younger/SEN pupils to develop. This resource aims to develop categorisation skills as well as to encourage oral language. This sorting activity focuses on the concept of same/different. There are two images on each sorting card – some images are the same, some are different.

All pages should be laminated. The small images on pages 4-5 should then be cut out. Velcro should be attached to the squares on pages 2-3 and at the back of all cut out squares from pages 4-5. With a teacher/SNA working with a pupil, pages 2-3 are placed on the table. The cut-out images could then be handed to the pupil one at a time and ask them what it is and to decide whether the two images are the same or different. When the pupil is achieving success with this, more than one image can be handed to them at a time. Eventually, all 16 images could be handed to the pupil at once to sort.

There is a reference image in the centre of each category page to assist pupils. Images are also colour co-ordinated to assist with categorisation.

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