Bringing Maths to Life! Teaching Problem Solving and Reasoning Across the Curriculum


Bringing Maths to Life:


“… when students were given problems to solve, and they did not know methods to solve them, but they were given opportunity to explore the problems, they became curious, and their brains were primed to learn new methods, so that when teachers taught the methods, students paid greater attention to them and were more motivated to learn them.


Prof. Jo Boaler Stanford Mathematics Professor  


Engaged learners are far more likely to make the essential connections needed to become truly fluent. They become more resilient, willing to explain and share their ideas. So, how do we plan for high levels of engagement?

Further Details

  • Develop resilient problem-solvers who are motivated to reason and explain their thinking!


  • Learn how to plan using Karen’s highly effective and innovative ‘Maths Sandwich’ (as shared at the National Education Show 2018) helping teachers plan from meaning, through skills development to application and variation.


  • How to identify and plan from exciting real life problem solving contexts, make cross-curricular links teaching maths through D&T, Science, Art, History, Geography and more!


  • Integrate the highly successful ‘Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract’ approach (Singapore/Bruner) to ensure children constantly connect and sharpen their number sense and reasoning tools


  • Show children WHY they are learning procedural approaches such as column methods, rounding numbers, multiplying fractions and more!

Who is this course suitable for?

Teachers and support staff from the EYFS to Year 6

This course is run wherever YOU want it and whenever you want it!

Interested in running this training in your area of the UK (or internationally)?

Email Karen to find out more.


Costs for up to 30 delegates from a single school start at:


£375 (+VAT) for a twilight session

£450 (+VAT) for a half day 

£650 (+VAT) for a full day


Plus expenses (travel and accommodation where needed)


Looking to host your own conference or invite other schools to join you?


Karen is a regular UK and international conference speaker. Simply email for further details


This exciting training is also available internationally. Contact Karen for more details

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  • ‘One of our EYFS Teachers has just attended this training and came back totally inspired and singing your praises. She said that she learnt more on this course than any course she has ever attended!’


    C Magnocavallo Head of Maths, Chesham Preparatory School, Bucks

  • Thank you for showing us HOW to change. So many courses just tell us what isn't working but not how to go about addressing this. Your approaches make so much sense! 

  • Just to say thank you again for 3 really brilliant talks at SGIS. We're a small school near Basel and we’d be interested in anything you’re doing nearby (Zurich way) so please let us know!