Primary challenges (ages 5-11)

Typically completed by 5-11 year olds (Key Stages 1 and 2), CREST Star and SuperStar challenges relate to everyday experiences.

The activities are designed to be easy-to-run and low-cost, and you don’t need to be a teacher, have a science background or have access to specialist equipment to run them. Children are eligible for a CREST Award after completing eight of the challenges and you’ll find helpful hints and tips in each pack for you to use, explaining the scientific themes and offering guidance on conversation topics for your children.

There are many more CREST resources which have been developed by our partners and by providers in your region. Click here for links to CREST accredited resources developed by partner organisations, CREST accredited schemes and education providers who can deliver CREST accredited activities.

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Getting Started Guide: Primary

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CREST STAR AND SUPERSTAR objectives CREST projects contain the following elements: Real-world context Each challenge begins with a story that links to broader situations they might encounter. Problem solving Children explore a question or idea presented through a story. They are supported to think and talk about what the aim for their investigation is and different ways to approach it. Independent working Activities require young people to develop independent working skills, completing their challenge independently of adults - either on their own, in pairs or small groups. Decision making Children are given the opportunity to discuss and decide how they will carry out their investigation, with prompts and support from the story characters and their facilitator. Practical science Children complete 8 hands-on challenges and behave like a real scientist. Reflective practice Children discuss scientific problems and how to record results. Reporting and communicating Children think about and share how to test their ideas, and how to tell people what they did. 6 7

Star level

Collections of 1 hour challenges recommended for children aged 5-7 years that relate to children’s everyday experiences. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the Star page

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SuperStar level

Collections of 1 hour challenges recommended for children aged 7-11 years that realate to broader situations that children are likely to have come across. Find out more about this level and how to gain a CREST Award on the SuperStar page

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Getting Started Guide: Primary
All SuperStar challenges