Georgina Attlee’s Exciting Ancestors
When challenged with thinking of a subject for her Independent Learning Project, Georgina Attlee, Year 6, knew exactly what to choose. With a former Prime Minister and a World Record holder in her family, Georgina’s colourful ancestry was the perfect choice for her research project.
Georgina’s great great grandfather’s cousin was Clement Attlee – Deputy Prime Minister in Winston Churchill’s coalition government during World War Two and Prime Minister himself from 1945 until 1951. In his role as Prime Minister, Attlee enlarged and improved social services and the public sector, created the National Health Service and nationalised major industries such as coal mining and steel, as well as public utilities. When he resigned from politics in 1955, Attlee was given a peerage.
Georgina’s favourite ancestor is her great great grandfather, Bartrum Waller Attlee. In 1891, Bartrum set a new world record by cycling 21 miles 180 yards in an hour on a penny farthing. This record still remains unbroken to this day! His love of bikes continued and it is said that he owned one of the first motor cycles in Romsey. As well as being a World Record holder, Bartrum was also a lawyer, singer, songwriter, poet, ventriloquist and magician!
“The bit I enjoyed the most about my project was finding out about my ancestors and what they did”, said Georgina. And what did Georgina think of taking on her research project? “It was great and I would definitely recommend doing an Independent Learning Project to others.”
Independent Learning Projects give pupils the opportunity to pick a subject, skill or activity that they want to explore and extend. Over a year, they develop their planning, research and time management skills to create their own product. The culmination of the Independent Learning Project comes in the Summer Term, when pupils put together their own presentation and deliver it to an audience of peers, parents and other members of School.