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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Mater Christi Multi-Academy Trust


At Our Lady & St Patrick's, the WAGOLL is an integral component of 'I am a Clever Writer' approach. Every writing unit should begin with a WAGOLL!


What is a WAGOLL?


A WAGOLL stands for ‘What a Good One Looks Like’.


If we want our children to become outstanding writers then they need to see outstanding writing or at least writing that models what they are working towards. They set the standard for the quality of work needed in order to achieve the lesson objective.


How are they used in lessons?


WAGOLLs can be used at any time during lessons and in many different ways, including the following:

  • Introduce a new style of writing.
  • Children can ‘Magpie’ or steal ideas for their own writing.
  • Draw ‘Success Criteria’ from a WAGOLL to form the steps needed to achieve a task.
  • Use it to develop peer and self-assessment - get them to mark your work!
  • Use a child’s own piece of writing as a WAGOLL to motivate


What is the impact?


WAGOLLs can have many positive impacts on teaching and learning such as:


  • Clear understanding of expectations and goals.
  • Growing independence in all pupils.
  • Inspiration for their own writing.
  • Develop self-worth of their own writing.