Primary challenges (ages 5-11)

Typically completed by 5-11 year olds, CREST Star and SuperStar challenges relate to everyday experiences. Children complete eight activities to gain a CREST Award, with each activity taking between 45 minutes and one hour to complete.

The activities are designed to be easy-to-run and low-cost. You don’t need to be a teacher, have a science background or have access to specialist equipment to run them. The packs contain helpful hints and tips for you to use, explaining the scientific themes and offering guidance on conversation topics for your children.

There are more CREST approved resources that have been developed by our partners and providers specific to your region.

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Curriculum for Excellence, Scotland The Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland sets out to help young people develop into successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. The CREST guiding principles fully support the science area of the Curriculum for Excellence. Curriculum for Excellence approaches to learning: Use technologies in learning – to find material, communicate, create and present Cooperative learning – encouraging thinking and talking together, to discuss ideas and solve problems Outdoor learning – making use of the outdoor environment for learning Active learning – being actively engaged, whether mentally or physically, using real life and imaginary situations Interdisciplinary learning – using links between different areas of learning to develop, reinforce and deepen understanding Personalisation and choice – being given choices and being involved in planning how and what to learn CREST guiding principles: Reporting and communicating Real-world context Practical science Problem solving Decision making Independent working Reflective practice We recommend using the following CREST Star challenges for the content areas in the Curriculum for Excellence first level (P2-P4): Planet Earth • Discovery bag • Plant detectives • Rainbow colour collectors • Animal adventure • Scrapyard scraps Biological systems • Plant detectives Topical science • Discovery bag • Muddy mess • Confusing cans Forces, electricity and waves • Confusing cans • Music maker • Starting sounds • Be seen be safe • Slippery slidey shoes • Speedy scooters • Testing timers Materials • Brilliant bubbles • Teabag trouble • Scrapyard scraps • Sniffley sneezes • Useless umbrella 16 17

Star level

Collections of one 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 CREST Star page.

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SuperStar level

Collections of one 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 CREST SuperStar page.

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