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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CREST in the primary curriculum

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About this guide

About this guide Contents CREST is a nationally-recognised scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. This resource has been designed to help primary school teachers use the CREST Star and SuperStar activities as part of their teaching. In this booklet you will find a list of relevant activities mapped against some of the themes and content topics found in the primary curricula for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. All activities mentioned in this booklet are available on the CREST resource library and completely free to download. Each one comes with an activity sheet for you to use with your children, as well as an organiser card offering guidance, hints and tips on running that activity. If you have any questions about running CREST in your classroom, please contact us at crest@britishscienceassociation. org and we will be happy to help. Using CREST in the primary curriculum 4–6 National curriculum for England, KS1 and KS2 8–9 Curriculum for Wales 12–15 Curriculum for Excellence, Scotland 16–19 Primary curriculum for Northern Ireland 20–23 Using CREST to support other curriculum areas at primary level 24–25 2 3

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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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