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.

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Eurotunnel Journeys Challenge Pack

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A Special New Tree

A Special New Tree Activity Card Dear Investigators, We are going to plant another new tree for future generations to enjoy in Samphire Hoe Nature Reserve. But what tree should we plant? Can you help us to decide? C.Ferr Connie Ferr The White Cliffs Countryside Project Your challenge The White Cliffs Countryside Project is planning a new tree at Samphire Hoe. Can you help them to decide which tree? You will need to think about the different things local people want from the tree: Local resident one: “I think it should provide good places for plants and animals to live.” Local resident two: “It would be nice if the tree could look interesting all year round.” Local resident three: “Could we have one that gives lots of shade?” Local resident four: “I think it should be a native tree.”

Discuss Think about trees that you like. How will you decide which tree is the best suited to The White Cliffs Countryside Project.? Getting started You could do some research about different kinds of trees. There’s a simple guide to trees on the internet at and Do you have an idea about how you can investigate which tree to plant? Maybe you could do a survey to find out what other people think about trees. Test your ideas Here is a survey you could use to find out which trees your family and friends think would be good to plant good to plant in Samphire Hoe Nature Reserve. Can you think of any other questions to add to the survey? Name: 1. If you could choose a new tree to plant, what would it be? 2. Why would you choose that tree? Tick one or more boxes. It provides a home for animals and plants It looks interesting all year round It gives lots of shade It‘s a native tree Another reason Share your ideas Which were the most popular trees in the survey? What did you learn about trees? Is there a tree that fits in best with what the local residents want?

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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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