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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Using CREST in the primary curriculum Decision making Practical science CREST projects and activities should, as far as possible, support children to lead their own projects, set their own aims and objectives and create their own plans for how to conduct the project. CREST develops children’s understanding of scientific methods, as well as research, production and/or communication techniques and knowledge related to their projects. Why use CREST during curriculum time? CREST is a project-based learning programme that is often used during enrichment activities to encourage open-ended investigation within science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). However, CREST can also be used to enhance a child’s curriculum time, with many activities directly supporting learning within the science and design and technology curricula. In addition, CREST can be used to extend and complement learning within the foundation subjects and allow children to practice skills developed within English and maths. The great thing about CREST activities is that they support learning using enquiry-based techniques, so children can also develop reflection, teamwork and communication skills. This guide has been developed to help you identify the most relevant CREST challenges to support your children’s learning. What are the guiding principles of CREST? CREST helps children to develop a variety of skills, as defined by the CREST guiding principles: Reflective practice Reporting and communicating Research Creativity How do I use this curriculum mapping tool? This guide lists topics in the STEM curricula for children aged 5-11 in each of the four UK nations and identifies the CREST Star and SuperStar challenges which help to teach them. It is designed to be used whilst planning teaching of the CREST projects and activities should allow children to reflect on what they have learnt. CREST projects and activities should enable children to share their results (not necessarily in a written format) and explain the impact of what they did. CREST projects and activities require children to do background research to help them complete and understand their projects. CREST projects and activities allow children to utilise creativity and approach their projects in innovative ways. curriculum at primary level so CREST activities can be included during lesson time. You can also use CREST challenges to teach investigative skills whilst covering content which goes beyond the curriculum. Real-world context Problem solving Independent working CREST projects and activities have a clear, real-world context, appropriate for the level. CREST projects and activities demonstrate creative approaches in developing solutions to scientific problems. CREST projects and activities show independent working skills. Children should carry out their projects either on their own, in pairs or in small groups, ideally completing their challenge independently of adults (appropriate to the level). What does a child need to do to achieve a CREST Award? Children need to complete eight CREST challenges to gain a CREST Award. They can use a CREST Passport to record their progress, which you can download and print from our resource library: Once your children have completed eight challenges, you can reward them with certificates and badges which you can order on our website: 4 5

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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