Welcome back to all teachers and students as they return to classrooms across the UK. The resources on this page have been selected to support educators in finding CREST project ideas that require little equipment, can be run outside of a lab, or use equipment that doesn’t require much sharing.
Find out more about the different CREST Award levels here: CREST Awards.
At primary level, our curated home learning packs don’t require many resources so they’re perfect to use now that you are back in the classroom. They also add flexibility, allowing students to finish their Star or SuperStar Award at home if needed
At secondary level, each project brief has an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and a list of resources you might need. Read the health and safety section carefully before you begin. Young people should create a plan for their project and a risk assessment before they begin any practical activity. You can use the CLEAPSS student safety sheets as well as the rest of the CLEAPSS website to help them.
If you are looking for ideas for running CREST at home, many of the below resources are suitable, and you can still access our Star and SuperStar Home Learning packs below. If you need further support, check out the CREST at home section of the Help Centre.
The CREST Bronze Award at home: Parents’ Guide Introduction to the CREST Bronze Award CREST Bronze Awards introduce children to the language and methods of project work. Young people are asked to come up with the question they want to answer, the method they want to use to find that answer, and then report back on their findings, using the scientific framework of investigation. The main characteristics of a successful Bronze project are that they: • Involve a minimum of 10 hours of work on one project area; • Use scientific and/or technical knowledge appropriate to children aged 11 to 14; • Allow children to share their project outcomes with their peers (e.g. display, assembly, poster); • Can be supported by parents in several ways: allowing their children to make decisions for themselves, supporting them to plan and review their progress regularly and supporting them to maintain the pace of progress. At the end of your child’s project, you will assess it using the CREST assessment criteria – a simple grid that asks you to reflect on your child’s use of the scientific method and how well they have communicated their work. Look on the CREST Awards website for further information about project ideas, health and safety information, and how to support your child. www.crestawards.org
These challenges take about an hour each. Once you have completed eight of them you can get a CREST SuperStar Award. Start by downloading the Passport. Children can use this to record each activity they complete.
Our curated packs for home learning require very little equipment or resources, so are ideal now that you are back in the classroom. They also add flexibility as students can finish their Star or SuperStar Award at home, if needed.
Each challenge has an organiser card and an activity card. All the instructions to set up the activity are in the organiser card. Read the 'watch out' section carefully before you begin. Children can use the activity card or you can read it through together.
Find out more about Star and SuperStar levels here.
Each of these projects take between ten and thirty hours to complete. The project briefs have an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and a list of resources students might need. Before they begin, students should read the health and safety section carefully. Once students have completed their projects, they can get a CREST Discovery, Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. The amount of time spent on the project and how well they met the CREST criteria determines the level students will be awarded.
Start by downloading the relevant Workbook or Profile Form below. Young people can use these to help them complete their project and record their progress.
Young people should create a plan for their project and a risk assessment before they begin any practical activity, which should be checked by a teacher. You can use the CLEAPSS student safety sheets as well as the rest of the CLEAPSS website to help them.
For Bronze projects, once a student has completed their project, you can sign up to assess it and order their personalised certificate here. Bronze assessment is incredibly easy and can also be adapted for at-home learning if needed due to unexpected lockdowns, meaning parents can always assess when teachers cannot. Check out how to assess a Bronze project here
For Silver and Gold projects student work will need to be submitted online and will be assessed by a CREST assessor. Learn more about assessment for Silver Awards here
Find out more about Bronze level here.
Find out more about Silver level here.
Find out more about Gold level here.