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?


  • 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

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


£400 (+VAT) for a twilight session

£475 (+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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  • Really useful, thought-provoking training with very clear explanations. Thank you! 


    A Matthews, Year 2 Teacher

  • Fabulous ways of understanding maths and how to make it easier to teach.


    T Hartney, Year 5/6 Teacher

  • Karen's humour, presentation skills, manner and relationship with our staff was wonderful. Practical 'have-a-go' training which really made us think!'    


    S Flaherty, Head Teacher