A PE teacher is encouraging students and staff to keep fit by tweeting daily exercises from his home.

Rob Pearce, who teaches at Middlewich High School, is posting daily fun exercises on every morning.

Just days after launching his innovative challenges, he had attracted more than 700 followers.

The dad-of-two demonstrates a simple exercise and then invites everyone at home to have a go.

"I'm just giving students and their families something fun and engaging to do while we're off," said Rob, who is also associate assistant headteacher for teaching and learning.

He has challenged children to lie on the floor stretched out like a plank, supported by their arms and toes and see how long they could hold that position.

Sitting crouched down with his back against the wall was another pose he demonstrated.

Trying to balance on one foot like a stork created lots of laughter as parents and children all joined in.

"I'm keeping it as simple as possible to get the whole family engaged with bit of activity while we are all stuck inside," he said. "My family is getting involved."

Rob, who has two daughters aged 18 months and 12 years, didn't expect his fun tweets to be so popular.

The keep fit enthusiast has been compared to body coach star Joe Wicks.

"My challenges are only very short," said Rob, a PE teacher for 15 years. "I would encourage all our students and their families to follow Joe Wicks too.

"Mine have been really well received," said Rob, "Students, staff and parents are all getting involved. A bit of fun makes it a bit more personal.

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Middlewich High School PE teacher Rob Pearce is keeping pupils and their families fit whilst they are stuck at home

"I've got about four weeks worth of exercises lined up. I'm trying to change it every day, make some more difficult than others."

Teachers are very busy, he said, keeping pupils motivated with a variety of challenges, setting work online and marking all their efforts.

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Rob and his team are still planning and delivering PE lessons for students to take part in online whilst the school is closed.

"Staff are working tirelessly at home, setting work, communicating daily with family and students," said Rob.

"This is a bit of a release to do some activity. It gives that nice little family feeling that everyone is pulling together."