At Mill Water we recognise the importance of pupils being able to express themselves creatively, and the positive impact that this can have on their mental health, wellbeing, physical skills, social skills and communication. Mill Water recognises that as well as developing knowledge, understanding and skills, a primary focus is on ‘preparation for their best adulthood’. Creative arts encourage pupils to explore activities that they may wish to pursue as hobbies both during and after their time at Mill Water.
Creative Arts are taught through a topic based approach throughout the school and encompasses Art, Music, Drama and Design Technology. We often have visitors to support the curriculum, including artists, musicians, music therapists and drama groups who work with the pupils.
Food technology is taught throughout the school, and ranges from exploring foods and ingredients using the senses, to planning for and preparing a meal. Pupils access food technology at a level that is appropriate for them and it is often used to encourage a healthy, varied diet.
Nurture and Engagement
Pupils are encouraged to explore Creative Arts through the use of their senses. Music supports their understanding of daily routines and activities, whilst art encourages them to develop their motor skills. In cooking pupils are often exploring food and ingredients, following a basic recipe with adult support. All of the creative arts strongly support communication, showing a preference, making a choice and demonstrating a response.
Practical Living and Life Skills
Music activities encourage pupils to develop their listening and attention skills, particularly in a group context where they are able to share the experience with their peers. Art encourages pupils to develop their fine motor skills and creativity. In DT pupil work on their construction skills, often alongside their peers which develops their ability to work collaboratively and use their problem solving skills. Cooking promotes an understanding of a healthy diet and the fundamental skills needed to prepare food, including how to be safe in the kitchen.
Independent Living and Learning
In Music pupils are taught about a variety of genres and styles, and are encouraged to create their own, developing an understanding of listening, composing and performing. Pupils learn about different artists and their styles, and explore creating their own art using different mediums. The DT curriculum encourages pupils to work towards developing skills to plan products, use a range of tools and materials to perform practical tasks. Cooking focuses on planning for and preparing meals, understanding a healthy diet and using the kitchen and the equipment safely. Pupils are taught subject specific language as part of their Creative Arts curriculum.
Mill Water has a school choir, which features pupils from all over the school. The choir meet regularly to rehearse and enjoy performing together at events for both the school and the public.
We regularly have performances throughout the year to mark celebrations, including Christmas plays, a carol service and performances at the end of the academic year. All pupils are encouraged to take part at whatever level they are able to perform.
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by online service providers in order to (for example) make their websites or services work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
Cookies set by the website owner or service provider (in this case, eSchools) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website or service you are using (such as advertising, interactive content and analytics). The third parties that set these third party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website or service in question and also when it visits certain other websites or services.
We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Services to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” cookies. Other cookies enable us and the third parties we work with to track and target the interests of visitors to our Services, and we refer to these as “advertising” or “analytical” cookies. For example, the embedding of YouTube and Vimeo videos, as added by individual schools, will require “advertising” cookies to be enabled in order to successfully play them. Schools that, for example, opt to track visitor data using Google Analytics will require “analytical” cookies to be enabled in order to do so. These third party cookies are used to tailor content and information that we may send or display to you and otherwise personalise your experience while interacting with our Services and to otherwise improve the functionality of the Services we provide. We also enable schools to employ cookies and similar tracking technologies in connection with their use of our Services in order to allow them to track visitors to and interactions with their school website.
Our Services allows schools to embed code which may potentially contain cookies. Please note embedded content, if displayed on one of our websites, has been added by the school and not by eSchools. The embedded content added by the school may require additional cookies or tracking technologies to be enabled in order to function.
You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. Be aware that cookie preferences are set on a per device basis; therefore you may need to set your preferences on each device you use.
Initial cookie pop-up banner: You can exercise preferences about what cookies are served on our Websites by selecting your preference from this modal which appears upon visiting an eSchools website/login screen and dashboard. You can also change your cookie preferences by clicking on the link on the footer of any page. The banner will reappear annually (August 31st to coincide with the academic year) to confirm your settings.
Disabling Most Interest Based Advertising: Most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of Interest Based Advertising. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing. If you would like to find out more information, please visit aboutads.info/choices or youronlinechoices.com.
Mobile Advertising: You can opt out of having your mobile advertising identifiers used for certain types of Interest Based Advertising, by accessing the settings on your Apple or Android mobile device and following the most recent published instructions. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.