Jesse Owens Class

Welcome to Jesse Owens Class! We are curious, resilient and creative learners in Year 2! We are taught by Miss Carman, and have Mrs Wymer and Mrs Alexander to help us out! We have had a great time reflecting on our different Lockdown experiences, but are looking forward to working well together again!

This year, our class is named after Jesse Owens. James “Jesse” Cleveland Owens was an African American athlete who competed in the 1936 Olympic games. 

Jesse was born over 100 years ago, in 1913, at a time where black people were not treated fairly due to the colour of their skin. His family was very poor, and Jesse had to start working on the cotton fields at only 7 years old. He worked very hard all his life. On top of his many jobs, Jesse also trained to be an athlete.

In 1936, Jesse competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, in front of Adolf Hitler (who ruled Germany at the time, and was also responsible for starting World War II). Hitler was hoping to use the Games to prove that the Aryan race were superior to other races, and Jesse was not expected to do well because of his poor background and his skin colour. However, Jesse proved everyone wrong! He won 4 gold medals (100m sprint, 200m sprint, long jump and 4x100m relay), making him the most successful athlete in the games. He also broke world records, and one of the records he set was not broken for over 25 years! 

"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."

"Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it."
-Jesse Owens

This term we are looking forward to starting our “Ahoy There!” Topic, in which we will explore old and new RNLI lifeboats, lighthouses, and look at the lives of some famous people who have been heroes at sea!

Jesse Owens class update w/e 20/11/2020

We have had a challenging but brilliant week in Jesse Owens class. It’s Anti-bullying week, so we have discussed what bullying is, and how we can play an active role in preventing bullying from happening at our school. The children came up with lots of ideas about how to be kind, and what to do if they see or experience unkind and hurtful behaviour.

The children have written their first long piece of completely independent writing this year: a non-chronological report about pirates! The children have written some fantastic sentences and paragraphs- have a go at asking them what they know about pirates!

In Maths, Year 2 have been looking at the concept of addition by making 10. We have used practical apparatus before moving onto number lines.

In Art, the children have had a go at recreating Samuel Thomas’ “Calming Seas” by drawing on canvas, and mixing primary colours to make secondary colours. The children noticed how different and unusual it felt to draw on the canvas instead of paper!

Jesse Owens Class weekly update 16 Oct 2020

We have had another busy week in Jesse Owens class!

In English, we applied everything we have learnt about writing Superb Sentences to write a sequel for ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. The sequel follows the brazen, scavenging seagulls as they try to steal ‘The Fisherman’s Lunch’, and the children have come up with some brilliant ideas about how the fisherman could stop them!  

In maths, we have been learning how to find all the addition and subtraction fact families for numbers up to 10 and 20 by using tens frames, double-sided counters and part-part whole models. It would be great if you could ask your children to teach you what they have learnt about their number bonds to 10 and 20, and how they can write different + and – number sentences for each number fact. 

In science, we have continued our investigations into everyday materials. We have learnt how to test for properties of materials, and have worked out which material would be best for Mr Grinling’s new mackintosh (it was oilcloth – as it is waterproof and light)!


Children need to come to school in their PE kit on Thursdays. This includes tracksuit bottoms, a jumper, socks and trainers (we will be doing PE outside- and it’s getting rather chilly now!)

Jesse Owens weekly class update 09 Oct 2020

We have had another fantastic week in Year 2! Miss Carman’s socks have been ‘blown off’ by the children’s brilliant sentence writing this week! The children have taken the vocabulary they have learnt from the story and collected together as a class and used the words to write captions for some pictures from ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’.

In maths, we have been counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and even 3s. It would be great if you could practice these at home!

This week we started our science unit: ‘Everyday Materials’. We have identified some different materials including wood, plastic, metal, glass, water and rock, and started to describe their properties. See if you could use some of the fantastic describing words (adjectives) you have learnt to describe some materials at home.


Children need to come to school in their PE kit on Thursdays. This includes a t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms, a jumper, socks and trainers (we will be doing PE outside- and it’s getting rather chilly now!)

Jesse Owens Weekly class update 02 Oct

This week in Jesse Owens class we have investigated the seagulls in the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, and have been able to write some fantastic sentences using amazing vocabulary as well as capital letters and full stops! In maths we have been comparing numbers using the terms ‘greater than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal to’ and the symbols <>=. 

This week we have begun to learn how to use the internet safely. It would help to remind your children of a few things when they are using internet devices: do they remember to ask a grown up to use it? Can they tell a grown up what they want to use it for? Do they know what to do if they see a pop up, or something that worries them? 


Children need to come to school in their PE kit on Thursdays. This includes tracksuit bottoms, a jumper, socks and trainers (we will be doing PE outside- and it’s getting rather chilly now!)

Jesse Owens Class Weekly Update

We have had a brilliant start to the school year in Jesse Owens Class! We have revisited all of the different JONK animals, and we now understand what it takes to be a super learner. We are going to have the opportunity to put our JONK learning skills to the test with different tasks set each week, so watch this space…

In maths, we have been revising Number and Place value: recognising numbers as numerals and words, counting, and representing numbers in different ways using 10s and ones.

In English, we have started reading ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, and are learning about how we can use adjectives (wow words) to make our sentences more interesting.

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