To assess children we use conversation-based assessment in Art and Design which takes place on an ongoing basis. These conversations might take place as a class, as a group, or one to one, with the teacher or with a peer and will feed into processes of reflection and evaluation. They should take place throughout blocks of work and not just at the end of a project. This gives children the opportunity to review and refine their work and makes assessment more meaningful.
Teachers also observe how children are using tools and materials and through discussions of key artworks can establish children’s knowledge and understanding of the formal elements of art.
These conversations and observations then feed into teacher judgements as to