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."
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!