Bringing Maths to Life! Teaching Problem Solving 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!

Further Details

UK and International Training Available


Looking to cluster with other schools or host your own conference?

Host schools receive up to 4 FREE places!

Costs start at £35 (+VAT) per delegate per half day (min. 12 delegates)


UK single school costs for up to 30 delegates start at:


£325 (+VAT)* for a twilight session

£375 (+VAT)* for a half day 

£650 (+VAT)* for a full day 


Contact Karen for more details

Who is suitable for?

Teachers and support staff from the EYFS to Year 6

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    Thank you so much Karen. I enjoyed the training this morning tremendously and tried out the ideas straight after lunch with my class leading to 20 mins of enthusiastic discussion! Brilliant!

    The children said they really enjoyed it and wanted to do more so I am definitely going to be changing my teaching!’

  • 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! Thank you.

  • 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!