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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Tunnel Tourists Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to encourage children to think about how to communicate information to a range of audiences. Cosmic and Gem are travelling to Normandy with Aunt Stella. They are travelling in their car with Eurotunnel (the railway shuttle which carries passengers in cars, vans and other vehicles) and decide to make a game about the Channel Tunnel. Through this activity you will support your group to: • Research facts about the building of the Channel Tunnel and the fascinating operations of Eurotunnel • Design and test ideas about the best way to communicate these using a board game format • Share their ideas about how to do this Kit list • Sheet of paper or card to make the game board • Small objects for playing pieces • A dice • Colouring pens or pencils to decorate your game • Internet access to research the Channel Tunnel and Eurotunnel and/or use the fact sheets on the next page What to do 1. Introduce the activity using the story at the beginning of the Activity Card. 2. Give out the Activity Cards and the info sheets. 3. Explain that they will be designing a board game based around the challenges and successes of the building of the Channel Tunnel. They will need to do some research on board games and facts about the Channel Tunnel and Eurotunnel to help design their game. 4. Encourage children to discuss their ideas. Prompt questions such as: • What game might work to share facts? • What didn’t you know about the Channel Tunnel and Eurotunnel? • Which facts are most engaging? •How will you test your ideas?
5. Support children to research, design and test their game, thinking of the best way to share the facts and what will engage people the most. 6. Ask the children to share their ideas, including their completed game. You could even run a board game night at your school for friends and family. Things to think about You can either use the fact sheet or visit eurotunnel.com/uk/build to find facts about Eurotunnel. Take it further Children could also design counters to use on the board or a storage box designed to fit their game. There is a suggestion to use snakes and ladders as the game to adapt, but if children have other ideas encourage them to explore these. Keywords • Eurotunnel • Channel Tunnel • Tracks • Tunnel • Excavate Watch out! ! Come up with some fair play rules for games to avoid arguments.