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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3 years ago

Star Home Learning

  • Text
  • Challenges
  • Encourage
  • Hankie
  • Materials
  • Stella
  • Registered
  • Pegs
  • Cans
  • Association
  • Bubbles
  • Cosmic
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Start using CREST Star The activities in this pack have been selected from our library of CREST Star challenges. Children need to complete eight challenges to achieve a CREST Star Award. If you want, you can mix and match challenges from different packs, as long as children complete eight Star challenges. Preparation 1. Download the CREST Star Passport: crest-star-passport/62595279 Run the challenges in this pack 1. Each challenge will take 45 minutes to an hour and involves hands-on investigation, decision making and group discussion. 2. Read the story on the Activity Card with your group and introduce the challenge. 3. Give each group of children a copy of the Activity Card to guide them through the investigation. 4. Children can use their Passport to keep track of the challenges they have completed. 6. Congratulations on completing CREST Star! 7. If you want to use your own activities, that’s fine! Find out more about what a SuperStar activity should look like here: kb/articles/star-and-superstaractivity-structure What next? Why not challenge children further and try CREST SuperStar next? You can find out more and download all the resources you need here: Encourage others to take part in CREST projects. To get more ideas on how to get started visit: Awarded to of on Professor Dame Julia M Goodfellow DBE, CBE, FMedSci, FInstP Chair of the British Science Association Managed by: Supported by: British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236

Contents Activity Be Seen, Be Safe Brilliant Bubbles Confusing Cans Music Maker Peggy Problem Slippery Slidey Shoes Sneaky Shadow Sniffly Sneezes Tea Bag Trouble Page 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36

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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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