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English

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A sonnet is a 14-line poem written in a certain style known as iambic pentameter.

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A proper noun is a name used for an individual place, person or organisation and uses a capital letter. London is a proper noun; destination is not. The tech company Apple is a proper noun; the fruit apple is not.

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Onomatopoeia refers to a word which sounds like the sound it makes (e.g. thwack, buzz).

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William Shakespeare is said to have invented over 1,700 words, some of which are used in English Language today.

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French

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‘Bonjour’ can translate as both ‘Hello’ and ‘Good Morning’ in French.

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Be sure to mind your manners and say ‘Merci’ meaning ‘Thank You’ when in France.

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An alternative farewell statement is ‘A Plus Tard’ which translates as ‘See You Later’.

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To show gratitude say ‘De Rien’ which means ‘You’re Welcome’.

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Geography

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England is the most populated part of the UK, with a population of around 54 million recorded in 2015.

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Dunnet Head is the northernmost part of the UK, and is situated on the northern coast of Scotland.

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The longest river in the UK is the River Severn, which spans 220 miles in length.

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Rivers are formed when streams meet and merge together, with the majority of rivers leading out to oceans, seas and lakes.

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History

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Catherine of Aragon was the first wife of Henry VIII. She was one of three Catherines he went on to marry.

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The Battle of Hastings took place in 1066 between the Norman-French army and the British Anglo-Saxon army.

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In 2015 Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch after ascending the throne following her father’s death in 1952.

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Henry VIII’s oldest child was Elizabeth I, who was the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty.

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I.T.

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A computer is an electronic device capable of carrying out instructions based on mathematical or logical information.

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The word ‘computer’ was first known to be used in 1613, in a book named The Young Mans Gleanings by Richard Braithwait.

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Mathematician and Computer Scientist Alan Turing devised a test to measure computer intelligence.

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Typical computers contain memory, with most containing a Central Processing Unit (CPU).

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Maths

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Trigonometry is the name for the study of triangles within maths. All triangles equal 180°.

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Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It is commonly approximated to 3.14159 and is an irrational number (meaning it cannot be converted to a fraction).

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Converting fractions to percentages can be done by working out the difference between the denominator (the bottom number) and 100 and applying the same equation to the numerator. For example, to work out 7/50 as a percentage (i.e. a proportion of 100), you work out how many denominators fit into 100 (that’s 2) and so multiply the top number by 2 (to get 14). 7/50 is the same as 14/100, so the answer is 14%.

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All multiples of the 9 times table ascend in chronological order and both digits add up to 9 up to 90. E.g. 09, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, 90.

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Spanish

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Upset someone in Spanish? Say ‘Lo siento’ to apologise.

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The most common greeting in Spain is ‘Hola’.

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‘Buenos dias’ will wish someone a good morning in Spanish.

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Most importantly for the unsure translator ‘No entiendo’ means ‘I don’t understand’

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Music

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A musical score determines the rhythm, pitch and number of musicians involved.

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The Magic Flute is a play composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created in the form of both sung and spoken dialogue.

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Musical texture is the term referring to the overall sound.

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The last note on a keyboard is C.

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Arts

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One of the world’s most renowned painters was Pablo Picasso who was recognised for his Cubist and Surrealist artwork.

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Mona Lisa is internationally recognised. The Renaissance painting was created by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503.

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‘Vincent van Gogh is recognised as a famous painter, whose works include The Starry Night and Irises.

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‘Sagrada Familia’ is a famous church designed and begun by architectural artist Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. The church was never completed and is still under construction to date.

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Science

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H2O is the chemical name for a molecule of water, which is made up of 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen.

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Water can boil and freeze at the same time.

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DNA is an abbreviation short for deoxyribonucleic acid and is the carrier of genetic information in all living organisms.

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Humans usually contain 23 pairs of chromosomes, 22 of which are the same in both males and females.

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