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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National curriculum for England, KS1 and KS2 The national curriculum for England has three main aims in science teaching, all of which are supported by the CREST guiding principles. The national curriculum for science in England aims to ensure that all children: Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, both today and in future Develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them CREST guiding principles: Practical science Research Independent working Reflective practice Reporting and communicating Decision making Real-world context Problem solving The following CREST Star challenges have been mapped onto the English primary science curriculum content areas for Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7): Plants • Discovery bag • Plant detectives • Rainbow colour collectors Living things and their habitats • Animal adventure • Scrapyard scraps Technology • Music maker • Starting sounds • Testing timers 543 Everyday materials • Be seen be safe • Teabag trouble • Scrapyard scraps • Sniffley sneezes • Useless umbrella Investigative skills • Brilliant bubbles • Muddy mess • Confusing cans • Slippery slidey shoes • Speedy scooters Creativity 8 9

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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