Primary School Headteacher Gives Kids Conker Lessons

14/08/2014 16:54 | Updated 22 May 2015

Two boys (6-8) playing with conkers in garden, autumn, (lens flare)

A school head has been giving his pupils lessons in how to play conkers after realising that modern kids had no idea of the fun potential of horse chestnuts!

John Cattermole, the principal of Littleport primary school in Cambridgeshire, noted his students were 'looking quizzically' at the conkers on the ground, with no clue as to what they were.

Deciding to launch a one-man campaign to revive the traditional autumn school game, Mr Cattermole wrote to parents asking their permission to teach the pupils conker skills.

Obviously given all the 'elf and safety' concerns regarding such pursuits these days, he gave mums and dads all the necessary health and safety assurances, and made it clear the horse chestnuts posed no nut allergy issues.

He told parents: "We believe conkers is a fun, healthy game to play. It is also good for hand/eye coordination and gets children talking about maths and numbers as they play. I have been showing children how to play safely in assembly."

The Telegraph reports that parents were asked to fill in a form to opt their children out of playing conkers, but so far, none have.

Good for him!


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