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The Science of Learning, Reading and Writing Masterclasses: Term 1 2022


There are six sections in this course. Each of the six sections has the following structure:

  • video recording (roughly 60 minutes)
  • pdf handouts from speakers
  • a quiz to revise and test your knowledge
  • a forum to share ideas, write queries, post feedback and chat to our online community of practice
  • optional resources for further reading (these are continually updated and added to and we happily take suggestions!)


  1. Ollie Lovell on cognitive load theory Part 1
  2. Ollie Lovell on cognitive load theory Part 2
  3. Lyn Stone on orthographic mapping Part 1
  4. Lyn Stone on orthographic mapping Part 2
  5. Lorraine Hammond on explicit instruction Part 1
  6. Lorraine Hammond on explicit instruction Part 2

Hashtags: #scienceoflearning #scienceofreading #structuredliteracy


Lyn has written three books on the subject of literacy and language, supported by online courses too. The links below will take you to each book.

We have also constructed a dedicated book page for this course. It contains books mentioned in the six talks.

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42 thoughts on “The Science of Learning, Reading and Writing Masterclasses Term 1 2022”

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    Hi Lyn
    As I had major surgery not long after the online courses started, I have a bit of catching up to do. I am starting to come out the other side so am looking forward to the next step with a much clearer head. I am employed at Loxton Primary School as an SSO 3, Level 4 Curriculum Support with a Speech and Language focus with students from Years Reception to Six at the moment.
    Kind regards
    Sadie Rowe

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    I am currently a relief teacher (by choice), teaching Primary aged students. I have always sought to enhance my skills and knowledge, especially in the area of spelling and reading. Since completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education, I have been on a never ending learning path to understand more about the Science of Learning. My intention is to specialise; to become a tutor/interventionist so that I can make a difference. I listen to Ollie’s podcast and own his first book, I was fortunate to have Dr Hammond as a lecturer in my Grad Cert course and I have have undertaken Lyn’s courses previously and own her books. I’m looking forward to gaining further insights into the Science of Learning.

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    Hi, I would like to thank all the presenters for putting together a fantastic course. I got a lot out of it and it has made me consider lots of things in the classroom moving forward.

  4. Steve Fleming

    Hi everyone,
    I’m Steve, currently working exclusively with students in 5/6 who are unable/ unwilling to write and looking for strategies to change that.

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    Hi Lyn and the Lifelong Literacy team. I am a primary school teacher and longtime fan of Lyn’s capacity to make things clear for students and teachers alike. While I did listen to most of the Masterclass lectures ‘live’, I was interrupted by some technical difficulties. More than that, I know I’ll benefit re-listening to some of the talks as there was a lot of content and I want to make the most of the opportunity. Kind regards- Karen

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    Hi. I’m Emma. I’m a Literacy Leader at a semi rural school in Victoria. We started our Science of Reading journey last year. I’ve been on a steep learning curve since then and I’m keen to learn more so I can best support our teachers and students.

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    Nicole Townsend

    Hi Lyn and team,
    I am so glad that this course has the online component – Term 1 was super hectic and I would have missed out otherwise.

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    This says that I only completed 20% of the course when I did 100%. Also in two quizzes, there were issues. One was the spelling of “unitized” on Lyn’s test. I spelt it the way it appeared on the screen in the session and it was marked as incorrect.
    In Lorraine’s test, in the last task, I had great difficulty manipulating the answers into the boxes. The first time I did it, I lost the last word and the test disappeared, necessitating a repeat in which I added an incorrect word, i.e. short term memory instead of working memory. At nearly 1 am I was a little ‘out of it’.

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    Hi Lyn, I absolutely loved this course and am keen to make adjustments to my teaching as a result of new learning. I especially liked having the videos available for a longer period as I missed a couple of the classes due to other commitments and I really benefited from hearing them more than once. Thanks to you, Ollie and Lorraine.

  10. Toni Sillis

    Hi Lyn,
    I am the principal of Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School in Fairy Meadow (Wollongong) NSW. We have undertaken the Science of Learning/Reading/Writing journey this year.
    We are continually challenging our thinking in order to create learning environments that promote a love of learning.
    Thank you for what Ollie, Lorraine and yourself brought to these masterclasses.

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    Hi Lyn,
    I’m Caleb, I am a lifelong learner, K-6 Literacy and Numeracy teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at an independent school on the south coast of NSW, Australia. I am always looking to learn more about evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning in literacy. I am looking forward to learning more from Ollie, yourself and Lorraine.

    Caleb Jones

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    Patricia Revelle

    Hi, I am kindergarten teacher for students with expressive language difficulties. I have heard Lyn speak in person and I listen to Ollie’s podcast. I have heard Lorraine on a podcast as well. I am looking forward to learning from all of you!

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    Hi, I am Noreen, and I am the 5/6 Learning Specialist at my school. I am looking forward to learniing and developing my understanding of Science of Learning, Reading and Writing, and sharing these with my teams. I am looking forward to learning about effective instruction.

  14. Maree Brown

    Hi Lyn
    I am back again to learn more. I am really looking forward to each of the courses and sharing my new knowledge with the team at St. Francis Xavier. We have started our Science of Reading/Learning journey and are ready to refine our practices.
    Bring it on

  15. Yuan Hrotek

    Hello, I am Yuan Hrotek. I am a math teacher, but want to polish my English. It is also a part of professional learning, that I need to gain my permanent teacher’s registration. I am a native Chinese speaker, and I love literacy.

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    Hi Lyn,
    My name is John Hoskin and I’m the acting Learning Specialist at Vermont Primary School. I’m excited to learn more about the Science of Reading and am looking forward to experimenting with it in the classroom.

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    Jacci Strachan

    Hi there Lyn,
    My name is Jacci and I am one of the Assistant Principals at Vermont Primary School. We have had the privilege of your attendance at one of our Curriculum Days a couple of years ago. I am looking forward to building on my current understandings of the science of reading. Thank you