Harworth Church of England Academy

Our Wonderful Learning (OWL)

In our learning we use OWLs which are matched to the curriculum objectives in our subjects. OWL stands for Our Wonderful Learning. The children have enjoyed using these OWLs, one Year 6 child stated that she loved how simple the OWLs were to follow and how they helped her to manage her own learning better. Please see below an example of our OWLs. We also use the theme of OWLs to help the children reflect on their own learning.


Year 1 OWLs - Maths



Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number


Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals


Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs


Given a number, identify one more and one less


Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20


Add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero


Recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity


Recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.


Measure and begin to record length/height, weight/mass, capacity/volume & time


Recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes


Sequence events in chronological order using language


Recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years


Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times


Recognise and name common 2-D shapes (e.g. Square, circle, triangle)


Recognise and name common 3-D shapes (e.g. Cubes, cuboids, pyramids & spheres)

We also use the theme of OWLs to help the children reflect on their own learning.

To check whether children have made progress at the end of every lesson we use NEST (Now Embed Success Today).  A question is asked which is relevant to the learning that has taken place during the lesson.  If the majority of children can answer the question correctly an owl flies into the nest.