Typically completed by 10-14 year olds, students work collaboratively on a five hour project or challenge in self-managed groups. During the project, they use a CREST Discovery passport to record and reflect on their work. Afterwards, students communicate their findings as a group presentation.
Each pack provides teaching guides, kit lists, example timetables and suggested starter activities to help you run your day. Find out more about CREST Discovery Awards.
There are more CREST approved resources that have been developed by our partners and providers specific to your region.
CREST Discovery Passport This is primarily intended as a self-reflection tool for students. Each student is assessed as an individual even when working within a team. Teachers should remind students at regular intervals to add comments to their Passports. The Passports should be collected at the end of the day and can be used to confirm (or not) if a student has met the assessment criteria. This should only be necessary if teachers have any concerns about the performance of particular students. 16
Appendix C: FAQ Do I have to do a CREST Discovery Award? You can choose either to register your students for a CREST Discovery Award or deliver the activity on its own. How many students can take part? Students will work in teams to design their Wild Creation. It is recommended that 5–6 students make up each team. As long as you provide sufficient supervision for the students, a CREST Discovery Day can cater for a single class or whole year group. How many adults will be needed to supervise the activity? Adults will be required to deliver the project overview, including the Case Studies presentation, to the students. They will then need to supervise activities under normal school requirements and provide constructive feedback at the end of the challenge. How many adults are required will depend on the number of students taking part in the day. When do I hold the event? It doesn't matter what time of year you hold your Discovery Day, just don't forget to plan the date and tell everyone well in advance. That way you can avoid other events conflicting with yours, and get more support from across the school. Where do I hold it? How much space you will need and which rooms will need to be booked will depend on the number of students participating in the day’s activities. How long will it take? Begin by establishing your desired finish time, and then work backwards from there and break the day down into timed sections (see the example timetable on page 6 to get an idea of timings). Do I need access to the internet? The resources have been designed to work without the use of technology. However, if you have access to computers, laptops or iPads they would provide a useful research tool for the students. What consumables and resources will I need? These should be sourced in advance of the day (see the equipment list on page 12). 17
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