Evaluating work

When pupils are making work, they are making decisions about what to do at every stage. Progress in Art and Design comes from making better decisions. The way to improve the quality of the decision-making is to consider what has worked and what hasn’t. This is easier once the pupil and teacher share a way of talking about work and progress (see Using the visual elements). The activities in the table below suggest what evaluating work might look like in class.

There is more material available on Assessment for Learning and on Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. You might find this helpful for planning assessment and evaluation.

Learning intentions

We are learning to talk about our own and others’ work, and how it was made.

Learning Activites

Encourage the pupils to:

  • talk about their work as they make it;
  • develop an art and design vocabulary to describe what they have made and how they have made it;
  • describe how they have produced particular effects in their work and give reasons for their choices;
  • suggest how they might make changes to their work; and/or
  • talk about and give opinions on the work of others, for example:
    • describing something they like about it;
    • listening carefully to other pupils’ opinions; and
    • being respectful of other pupils’ ideas and feelings.