EXCITING challenges and fun competitions have inspired children to learn new skills and discover hidden talents.

Teachers at Winsford Academy have been overwhelmed by the response to their action-packed Facebook page from pupils and the community.

"We've been blown away," said assistant principal Sharon Keegan."Pupils have sent pictures of their sausage rolls, cakes, keepy up videos and we reward the best one.

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Brooklyn with his award-winning sausage rolls

"We have even had messages from pensioners who are loving our posts.

"In these challenging times it is important to support anyone who needs a little cheer."

The mum-of-three has been sharing her passion for food as other teachers set fitness, art, music and reading challenges.

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"I love cooking," said Sharon, who has demonstrated how to make chicken wraps and various family dishes.

"They can do it in real time and follow each little step. Learning to cook is a skill they will have for the rest of their life.

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Adam Rowntree won a prize for his carrot cake

"I'm trying to do things that are easy. A lot of people buy takeaway food and ready meals. It is so much cheaper and healthier to make your own.

"I've worked out the cost so parents can see most of these dishes are only 40p per person."

Sharon hopes to show children how to make spaghetti bolognaise, soup, curry and shepherd's pie in the coming weeks.

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A virtual school trip up Moel Famau in North Wales is also in the pipeline as pupils will be challenged to reach the summit by climbing stairs at home.

Families are being encouraged to cherish the precious time lockdown has created.

"It's great to learn something new together," said Sharon. "Go for a walk and see what you can see, smell and hear. Listen to the birds.

"Think of the people they will turn into because they have been so resilient through all of this.

"Enjoy this time with your children."

To join the challenges visit www.facebook.com/winsfordacademy