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 1 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.


To browse the packs, click the buttons below or scroll down.

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Getting Started Guide: Primary

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CREST STAR AND SUPERSTAR

CREST STAR AND SUPERSTAR objectives CREST projects contain the following elements: Real-world context Each challenge begins with a story that links to broader situations they might encounter. Problem solving Children explore a question or idea presented through a story. They are supported to think and talk about what the aim for their investigation is and different ways to approach it. Independent working Activities require young people to develop independent working skills, completing their challenge independently of adults - either on their own, in pairs or small groups. Decision making Children are given the opportunity to discuss and decide how they will carry out their investigation, with prompts and support from the story characters and their facilitator. Practical science Children complete 8 hands-on challenges and behave like a real scientist. Reflective practice Children discuss scientific problems and how to record results. Reporting and communicating Children think about and share how to test their ideas, and how to tell people what they did. 6 7

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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SuperStar

Getting Started Guide: Primary
All SuperStar challenges