Course List

Our Courses

ARTart

In art we look at a broad range of different materials and techniques to produce art in different styles. We also use different printing techniques like the screen print to produce work.

Over the past year we have looked at a number of different art topics like pop art, abstract art and some of the most famous paintings in the world.

Learners are also producing art onto canvases which are sold and exhibited in and around Milton Keynes, helping raise awareness of people with learning disabilities and their talents.

Art

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To increase knowledge of a variety art techniques and processes
  • To improve overall well-being
  • To foster a greater understand art and artists

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

“I like painting and drawing and learning about design and trying new things” – Shako 

“ I like seeing my friends, and using different colours in my work.” – Gemma 

“Its relaxing and something I really enjoy doing, its such fun.” – Stefan 

CANVAS ART

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Canvas Art

CATERING

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The catering sessions give the learners valuable knowledge and practical skills on a wide range of areas-

Baking, cake decorating, buffet preparation, menu planning, budgeting & shopping.

Leaners also work on their hospitality skills within the café, serving, money management, communication and community participation to name a few.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To gain valuable food hygiene & kitchen safety skills
  • To work more independently and use their own initiative.
  • To have an understanding of hospitality process

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

“I love working in the catering team, making cakes and then selling them in the café on a Thursday” Lauren

“I enjoy all my jobs, it’s fun” James

“I like to mix and weigh the ingredients for my cake” Chris

The cooking lessons focus on learning valuable independent  living skills. Learners get the chance to develop their cooking skills and learn  new ones.

With a variety of recipes to choose from, learners can experience new tastes as well as healthy eating.

Learners will also learn about health and  safety in the kitchen and hygiene control.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To gain valuable cooking skills
  • To understand the benefits of healthy eating
  • To become more independent

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

“I enjoy cooking with other people, I like learning new skills and it’s very good” – Wendy

“It’s nice cooking, it makes me happy and it helps me learn new stuff” – Simon

“We learn about how to eat healthy food and how to cook our own food, I like cooking” – Patricia

CRAFT PRODUCTION

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Craft Production the main session behind our Social Enterprise. In these sessions we design and create a range of different products that are then on sale on our stall.

This is a practical session which involves different activities such as wood work, card making, painting and other craft activities.

In these session you will learn about the design process, practical involvement in making different products as well as marketing your products.

Craft Production

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To understand the process of designing and making an item
  • To be able to follow instructions
  • To be able to use a range of different skills to create different products

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

“I enjoy Craft as we do a variety of activities” Hannah

I like being in craft, everything we make goes into Snap Enterprise and we raise money for MK Snap.” Patricia

“It’s like art as you can design and make your own things” Becky

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

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Each month, weather permitting, the group meets up with a representative from The Parks Trust and all take part in activities such as checking the parks for issues of Health and Safety, for example spotting broken fences; woodland walks, bird watching.

The other weeks the group starts in the classroom doing warm up activities, until all Learners, have arrived in the morning, such as relevant word searches, crosswords, colouring.

We then recap from last weeks session and then look at projects such as different seasons, habitats and animals living in them, trees, birds, different weather and topics such as recycling.

Environmental Studies

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To increase knowledge of Environmental Issues in the UK and other parts of the world.
  • To develop stamina when walking and improve fitness through this.
  • To develop research and literacy skills, using the world wide web, books, handouts.

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

“I love doing Environmental Studies as I like learning about different animals and going on walks”  – Jackie

“My favourite session is Environmental Studies as I love going out for walks with the Parks Trust and learning about nature” – Patricia

GARDENING

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Gardening

COLLEGE IT
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These twice weekly sessions are run by Milton Keynes College tutors and involve developing life skills as learners work towards a qualification

LIFE SKILLS

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Life skills sessions provide learners with the opportunity to develop various skills they will use throughout their day-to-day lives.

These sessions involve learning about safety within the home and the community, dealing with emotions, healthy eating and independent living skills within the home such as housekeeping skills.

  These sessions encourage learners to have open discussions within the classroom about their own personal experiences relating to the topics that are being covered.

Life Skills

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To increase knowledge of how to act in a safe manner.
  • To develop an awareness of self-esteem and build upon confidence skills.
  • To understand how to maintain a healthy body through diet, exercise and good hygiene skills.

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

“I like life skills because I enjoy learning about everyday things that can support me”  – Natalie

“Life skills is very helpful and useful such as road safety and fire safety. I enjoyed learning about the police and I also like the teachers”  – Carolyn

“It’s good because we learnt about healthy eating” – Stuart

MEDIAmedia

Media class involves looking at current events and news through project work and communication activities

We look at various forms of media and their differences from online, to newspapers, to TV and the radio

Learners are encouraged to take part in filming, recording and computer based activities providing them with opportunity to build confidence and communication skills

Media

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand what media is and why and how we use it effectively
  • Practice good communication skills through group work and recording tasks
  • To develop skills and confidence in using technology, including computer cameras and voice recording devices

MUSIC

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Music lessons provide learners with opportunities to develop their singing and knowledge of different types of music, instruments, countries and cultures.

A usual lesson begins in the classroom with some voice warm up activities before moving on to practice our Snap choir songs, with actions.

We will then learn about the topic of the week, with Learner participation, watching educational video clips and handouts.

Learners then have the opportunity to request a song track to be played and the group play percussion instruments and sing along

Music

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To increase the Learners confidence when singing.
  • To develop their knowledge of different music, instruments, countries and cultures.
  • To develop their skills in playing percussion instruments and tapping out a rhythm

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

“I love singing and doing the actions of the choir songs.” Nikita

“ I like learning about different instruments and countries.” Tracy

“I like choosing my favourite songs to sing along to.” Robert

PERFORMING ARTS
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Performing Arts sessions concentrate on the development of performance skills including acting, singing and movement. Students start the year learning about specific skills such as mime, using props and costume, developing characters, etc. They are then supported to plan, design and develop their own show for public performance at the end of the academic year.

A typical session starts with physical and vocal warm ups and then concentrates on a specific  performance theme. Learners have plenty of opportunity to practise skills and perform to the group. They finish the session with a recap of the learning they have achieved.

Learners also develop skills in communication, coordination, teamwork, decision making and recall.

Performing Arts

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Develop the confidence to participate, contribute and perform in a group setting and ultimately to an audience in a professional theatre.
  • Sing/ dance/ follow actions and movement to a variety of songs.
  • Contribute to the design and development of the end of year show, including producing costume, set and props.
  • Provide feedback on a variety of performances, including their own and those of their peers, using appropriate techniques.

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

Performing Arts is fun and I enjoy singing and dancing” Anita

“I like Performing Arts because I have a good voice and I like being in the show” Paul

I like joining in with the singing and movement in Performing Arts” Jo

PHOTOGRAPHYphotography

Photography is a new class to MK Snap and involves the learners developing skills to use a camera with confidence

We regularly go out on walks around the local area and set weekly tasks of photos we would like to take

The learners have looked at various types of photography including macro, landscape, portrait and black & white

Photography

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Use cameras confidently with an understanding of the various functions and settings
  • Compose photographs with thought and understanding, using tripods if needed
  • Analyse and feedback weekly on photos taken and how we can improve our work

PROJECT SKILLSprojectskills

Project skills is a session that includes subjects such as History, Geography, Religious and Social studies.

Topics that have been covered over the last few years range from Diwali, Medieval castles, Books, Africa, Helping People and Chinese New year.

Sessions are very much hands on and the topics are taught through cooking, arts and crafts, music and science.img_3559

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To gain an understanding of the Multi-cultured world we live in.
  • To increase literature skills.
  • To build confidence using computers.

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

“I like doing research on different subjects.” – Hazel

“I like project skills because it’s fun and it’s good” – David

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Sport - MK Dons

These multi sports sessions are run by coaches from the MK Dons SET.

Learners are given the opportunity to take part in many different sports, helping improve fitness and motivation to continue exercise outside of MK Snap

SPORT

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Sport lessons provide learners with opportunities to develop lots of different skills. A normal lesson will begin in the classroom with some warm up activities before moving into the hall for a practical session. Learners will learn a variety of sports over a term and in recent years we have been fortunate to work with the following sporting partners:

MK Dons

Badminton England

Bucks County Cricket

MK Inclusive Tennis

Sport

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To increase knowledge of a variety of sports
  • To improve fitness and muscle development
  • To understand the benefits of exercise

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

“I love doing  sport. It helps me keep fit and lose weight”  Gemma

“My favourite sport is football  and the coaches from the MK Dons are brilliant”  Ian

“I like playing a sport called boccia. It good for my throwing aim and I am  very good at it” Abdi

STREETDANCE

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WORK PREPARATION

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Work Preparation focuses on skills that you will need in the work place. Both sessions have practical elements and you will be able to experience real aspects of jobs on reception as well as in a kitchen. In these sessions you will learn about expectations of different roles, health and safety, food hygiene as well as developing skills such as typing and filing.

Our Thursday session is dedicated to our coffee morning with the session split into two with the first half focused on learning about different areas of work and the second half a practical session where you will experience working in our café.

Work Preperation

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To understand the main responsibilities of different job roles
  • To understand the importance of food hygiene
  • To understand the importance of customer service

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

“I like working as a team in the coffee shop and serving cakes to customers” Gemma

“I like learning about the different jobs and I enjoy working on reception opening the door” Callum

“I enjoy Thursday mornings. I like it when its busy and I have to take lots of orders.” Wendy

WORK TRAININGworktraining

Work Training is provided to us by local companies. It allows our learners to understand the importance of getting things right in a real work place setting – and the work you produce will end up being sold to customers from all over the world.

Corporate outsourcing to MK Snap helps us to develop and maintain our work skills programmes for learners and generates income which is vital to the charity.

The work that comes to us from companies across Milton Keynes enables MK Snap to deliver significant multiple benefits to every one of our learners and of course to the companies, who know that the quality of the work will be excellent.

Work Training

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Improved manual dexterity
  • Increased practical skills
  • Greater self-sufficiency and confidence
  • Satisfaction of completing work of real value
  • A sense of pride, achievement and purpose
  • Team building and improved communication
  • Dedicated workforce
  • Cost-efficient handling of time consuming tasks

VEHICLE & HOBBY CLUB

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Vehicle Hobby sessions are about working together as a team, learners cover a wide range of activities from performing vehicle checks to running a car washing enterprise business. Learners have the opportunity to learn and develop lots of different hobbies/ abilities, developing their skills in teamwork, communication and knowledge.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Be able to use a range of tools and equipment safely and confidently.
  • Plan and manage time to ensure car has been cleaned and checks completed.
  • To work in a team to achieve a set task.

YOGA

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Yoga lessons provide learners with opportunities to develop . A normal lesson will  begin with a warm-up of the body to music.

This is following by exercises to increase an awareness of the breath and deeper breathing . This is followed by an introduction to postures that help increase awareness of and ability to balance. Also postures that increase strength in the legs and postures that involve stretching  the whole body.

All the session is quite gentle and fun. The session includes a focus on relaxation.

Yoga

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To become familiar in Yoga , muscles, lungs and digestion in the hu man body and why Yoga exercise and relaxation promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • To develop knowledge of healthy lifestyle options and healthy eating.
  • exercises, positions, breathing and relaxation techniques that can contribute to flexibility, strength, balance and improved breathing.
  • To become aware of how breath and exercises can help you relax and feel calm
  • To develop knowledge of the heart

WHAT THE LEARNERS SAY

“I think it’s relaxing and fun. I really enjoy it.”  – Tracy

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