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Frequently Asked Questions
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Why do I need to login to access Primary upd8 activities?

   
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Logging in helps us to see the popularity of different activities and parts of the website, and together with feedback helps us improve our service. Simply enter your email address and password to login.

   
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Which pupils are Primary upd8 activities designed for?

   
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Once you have signed up with Primary upd8, you'll receive regular email alerts - during term time - giving you brief details of new activities and links to download them directly from the Primary upd8 website.

Brief teachers' notes, providing links to the curriculum, learning objectives, background information and details on how to run the activity, accompany each activity.

The colourful activity sheets are best displayed through a data projector - particularly the first sheet as a stimulus; and the pupil worksheets can then be printed off and photocopied. Some activities are specifically designed to work through an interactive whiteboard.

   
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What is the copyright position with Primary upd8?

   
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Copyright rests jointly with the Association for Science Education (ASE) and the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University (CSE). Teachers and others who have signed up may download and use Primary upd8 materials freely within their school, but any other usage, or any other organisation wishing to use the materials, should consult with the joint 'owners' of the material (ASE and CSE), through janehanrott@ase.org.uk

   
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We are always looking for feedback so we can improve the service. You can email through the Contact page or review any Primary upd8 activities through the website. We particularly like to see how teachers use activities in different ways.

   
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Love the Primary upd8 website but the text is hard to read, is then any chance of making it bigger?

   
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The Primary upd8 website has been designed to conform to the latest website accessibility standards. One of the benefits of this is that it is possible to increase the size of the text within the site without disrupting how the site functions. To increase the text size in internet explorer go to the view menu and select a text size from the text size sub-menu.

   
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How do I make my subscription payment to Primary upd8?

   
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In your personal School Admin area of the website there is a link under Billing History so you can download a pre-printed invoice and send with payment to ASE, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AA within 30 days of subscribing to Primary upd8. Payment details are on the invoice. If paying by cheque please make payable to Association for Science Education or ASE.

This can only be done by the main teacher on the account.

   
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Where do I find information on Assessment in the Primary upd8 activities?

   
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I have not received my activation email from Primary upd8. How do I login?

   
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Activation emails are used to verify email addresses. You should receive your activation email, normally to the school email address, shortly after you signup. If there is a delay check that the email has not been placed in your spam or junk folders. If you are still having problems contact karenshoebottom@ase.org.uk who can activate this for you.

You should then receive a confirmation email to your teacher email address once your account is approved by Primary upd8.

   
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Why do I have problems downloading activities using Internet Explorer?

   
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First check that you're logged on. You might try using a different browser instead, such as Firefox: www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

If you still can't download, please email us describing your problem, on the 'contact' page

   
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Why is my Primary upd8 Newsletter coming through as plain text, being marked as spam, or going missing?

   
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In keeping with the rich format of the Primary upd8 site, the newsletter makes use of HTML formatting and graphics. Because of this, some email filters will erroneously mark it as spam, and either strip out the graphical content, or not deliver the message at all.

In order to receive the Primary upd8 Newsletter, you should ask your Internet Service Provider, system administrator or IT department to add www.primaryupd8.org.uk to your email "white-list", which should guarantee it is delivered correctly.

   
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Why does Primary upd8 cost?

   
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We aim to make the service commercially sustainable, so we can support primary teachers with the highest quality resources, and a continual stream of fresh ideas to make science engaging.

We have been unable to secure the necessary funding to make Primary upd8 a free service.