Students progress from learning and practicing basic skills to mastering them, and move to more complex skills across all subjects. At Bentley, students begin to apply previously acquired knowledge to new learning opportunities as well as make strong cross-curricular connections.
In the early grades students learned to read; now, they are expected to read to learn. They write structured, clear, detailed pieces about a variety of subjects. They begin to dig deeper into topics and analyze what they learn. They explore open-ended questions that require critical thinking and are asked to justify their reasoning with examples and evidence.
In grades 3 - 5, students are encouraged to work collaboratively with their peers, begin to understand themselves more as learners, become more independent in how they learn, and self-advocate when necessary.