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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Using CREST to support other curriculum areas at primary level English These CREST challenges encourage writing for different purposes: • Animal adventure (Star) • Starting sounds (Star) • A special new tree (SuperStar) • Making toothpaste (SuperStar) CREST challenges encourage cross-curricular learning and often involve applying scientific knowledge to subject areas beyond science, technology, engineering and maths. Projectbased learning at higher levels allows children and young people to plan their own projects on topics which interest them. Here are some ideas for how CREST Star and SuperStar challenges can be used to meet the objectives in non-STEM subjects at primary level. History These CREST challenges investigate historical objects, people and events: • Spinning solutions (SuperStar) • Colorado brown stain (SuperStar) Geography These CREST challenges investigate people, places and environments and the interactions between them: • Journey stick (SuperStar) • Windy ways (SuperStar) • How do you drink yours? (SuperStar) Art and design These CREST challenges allow children to produce creative work, using art and craft techniques to explore ideas and record their experiences: • Rainbow colour collectors (Star) • Journey stick (SuperStar) • Recycle reuse (SuperStar) 24 25

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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