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Deciphering 3rd declension nouns
By Nicholas Oulton
27 Sep
Nick Oulton, author of our Latin for Common Entrance resources, tackles the sometimes tricky topic of 3rd declension nouns.

Anyone who has ever learnt Latin will know that 3rd declension nouns are pigs. The happy days of masculine nouns ending in –US and feminine ones ending in –A are over, and we have to face the world with a new determination and lots of chocolate.  I mean, how else are we to cope with a chap who starts off COMES and ends up COMITES, or sets off into the world as CONIUNX and transforms merrily into CONIUGES? It’s enough to give you palpitations.
Organisons-nous - Organising your French Curriculum
By Nigel Pearce
06 Sep

Nigel Pearce, author of our French for Common Entrance series, explains the importance of organisation when teaching French for Common Entrance.

French for Common Entrance was written in order to marshal a whole collection of resources amassed over the years and turn them into something that would favour the teaching of French in a certain way.  The current new edition is essentially a complete rewrite of the original set of books - which has taken a couple of years to do - and so I thought it might be useful to offer a few words on how best to use the materials.

Essential Revision Round-up
By Sarah Collins
29 Aug

Each of our four Summer Challenge blogs looked at a different subject: Maths, English, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. 

Here we’ve bought together all the tips and suggestions for revising each topic, and taken out the questions, giving you an easy-to-use guide to the basics, needed before attempting any 11+ exam question. We hope you find it a useful resource to use when helping your child with their revision.

Verbal Reasoning revision challenge for 11+ and Pre-Test students
By Sarah Collins
27 Jul

In this final summer blog we look at how connections work in Verbal Reasoning questions and how you can refine your child’s abilities by helping them to make some creative connections of their own.

Non-Verbal Reasoning revision challenge for 11+ and Pre-Test students
By Sarah Collins
17 Jul

Most of us put off starting a new task and then reward ourselves for beginning or completing it to stimulate us into action. Your child is likely to be similarly reluctant to begin the task of 11+ revision, especially if they haven’t encountered subjects like non-verbal reasoning before. So, why not take a leaf out of your own book and plan some treats for your child to make their summer schedule a little more enjoyable?