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!

Teacher Governor

I am the teacher in Turtle class.  I have taught at Medina House since 1997 and seen the school through many changes from all-age to primary, several Headteachers and governing bodies.

I have been teaching in special education since I graduated in 1989, teaching in special schools for pupils with severe and complex needs as well as a short spell as SENCO at an Island middle school.

I have a particular interest in behaviour management and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

I am pleased to be part of the new governing body of Medina House at such an exciting time and look forward to being involved in whole school development as we go from strength to strength.

My Teaching Assistants are:







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.

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