Turtle Class

This is all about Turtle Class

Turtle Class Teacher: Rachel Hayden

I am the teacher in Turtle Class and also hold whole school responsibility as Behaviour Coordinator.

I trained for my B.Ed degree in ‘Severe Learning Difficulties´ at King Alfred’s College in Winchester, graduating in 1989.  That means that I have been teaching for 23 years!

I have always been passionate about SEN teaching and this has only grown over the years.

My main areas of interest and specialism have developed over my career, particularly in provision for pupils on the autistic spectrum and those pupils presenting challenging behaviour.  I have benefited from specific training in TEACCH and PECS and am also qualified to deliver training in Conflict Management. 

I have been teaching at Medina House since 1997, when the school was all-age, and I love working here now more than ever.  The school has changed enormously over the time that I have been here and I could never get bored or complacent  – there is something new to learn each day and the pupils provide constant joy and challenge.  It’s the best job in the world!

Turtle Class Teacher: Emma Rust

For the past 10 years, I have worked as a Teaching Assistant in mainstream education specifically supporting children with SEND and behaviour problems. Last year I completed my PGCE in Primary Education, where I was fortunate enough to complete one of my teaching placements at Medina House. Subsequently, I was delighted to be offered the job of Turtle class teacher 3 days a week.

I am so excited to continue my ongoing professional development as an NQT whilst providing the children with every possibility to become the best that they can be. An exciting and rewarding journey ahead.

Our Teaching Assistants are:


Natalia                                                                        Marsha


Elly                                                                       Cheryl








Topics to be covered this term

  • Geography : exploring our school and the local area
  • History : learning about the history of the local area by looking at old and new buildings and linking them to our own homes
  • PSHE :developing independence to become a more active member of the family and school community; this will involve taking on class jobs and helping shop locally for the weekly snacks
  • Science : exploring and investigating all sorts of different materials and their properties
  • P.E. : learning to use different body shapes and developing balance during Gymnastics
  • DT : Shelters – investigating different types of shelters and what they are used for


Help at home by giving your child some special jobs or responsibilities to help out in the family and help them to explore your local area, especially looking for different types of buildings and shelters.

  1. December 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  2. December 14
  3. December 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  4. December 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  5. December 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  6. December 19 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 pm
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