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I don't want to appear really stupid (no comments Sue R :oxD ) but I've been writing a new 'achievement record' document for my playgroup and wondered if there was a difference between sorting and grouping in mathematical terms? I'm in Scotland and our curriculum is slighty different. The curriculum point is 'Understand and use mathematical processes such as matching, sorting, grouping, counting and measuring' This seems to indicate that there is a difference. Help someone?? :( I don't want to miss out something important. :)

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I think sorting is putting things that have a link together, eg all the circles and grouping is splitting up a bigger set, making sets with the same cardinal value, which can later be used in logarithms. eg grouping 20 into sets of 10 to see how many there are.

 

I think!!!! :o

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That makes sense, Catma. I'd completely forgotten but you do talk about groups when teaching multiplication.

Sorting creates the sets or groups.

I do think though, Carol that you dont need to spend too much time emphasising a difference--unless thaeres anyone else out there that knows something different? :o

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