A series of challenging mysteries to engage your students and get them thinking logically


Workshop Description

Combining criminal mysteries and problem-solvingCSI: Maths is one of our most popular ranges – offering pupils opportunities to apply their skills in, and understanding of shape and measurement in a unique environment. Each workshop can accommodate up to 30 pupils per session and you can choose from:


CSI: Storyland (EYFS, KS1)

With the help of the elves, the Shoemaker’s fortunes have been restored – and all is well in Storyland. Until, that is, his precious last is stolen! Which of his neighbours could have taken it? After using storytelling techniques to introduce pupils to the crime and the suspects, we'll share with them a range of clues left at the scene. They'll then use their sorting and numeracy skills to reveal the identity of the miscreant!

Was it Goldilocks, the Billy Goats Gruff, Little Miss Muffet, the Little Pigs or Red Riding Hood? It’s up to you to find out!

CSI: Michaela Maths  (Years 3 - 6)

If it hadn’t been for the quick thinking of one of her teammates, Michaela Maths, one of Britain’s most promising young athletes, would be dead – slain by an unseen hand! The police are baffled by the dastardly deed – and want the children’s help in solving it. Having been introduced to the crime, the suspects and their possible motives, pupils will work in teams on a carousel probing a range of mathematical skills. Taken together, these lead to the suspects being eliminated, one by one – until, if all the calculations are correct, the criminal is unmasked. 

CSI: Bake-Off (Years 3 - 6)

All is not well in the world of the Bake Off – one of the judges, Saul Pinewood, has had food poisoning – and he knows it wasn’t an accident! He’s narrowed the field down to six suspects – and hopes that pupils can use their understanding of fractions, percentages and measurements to help him take the final step.

CSI: Tunes - (Years 3 - 6)

Music industry mogul Harry Wilson has made more than a few enemies in his time - and now one of them has succeeded in making life difficult for him! So who was it who hacked into Harry's precious database, deleting all his business contacts in one fell swoop? Means, motive and opportunity will all have to be factored in as pupils investigate this calculated act of sabotage. Was it Viola de Clerc, the classical violinist? DJ Grime, the garage specialist - or popster Betty B? Boy band Heaven Sent are in the mix as well, as is New Punk exponent Polly Ester - not forgetting Country and Western star Jake Carew!

This exciting and fast-paced workshop invites pupils to pit their wits against the criminal by using their data handling and number skills to reveal his - or her - identity.

CSI: Ancient Greek Maths (Years 3 – 6)

Mount Olympus is in turmoil – because someone has stolen Zeus’s thunderbolt! We're on the trail of the culprit – but need your help to put all the pieces together as you collate and interpret the data. Mixing maths with mythology, this is definitely one of our more challenging workshops!

CSI: Saxon Maths (Years 4 - 6)

Alfred the Great has burnt the cakes … or has he? Test your understanding of number, shape and time as you help right the wrongs of history – and work out who framed him!

CSI: Olympics (EYFS - Y6)

The Olympic Games are set to return this year, as sportspeople from all across the world gather to compete in Paris. However, a troubling case of sabotage has emerged and the velodrome is under scrutiny in The Case of the Criminal Cyclists! It’ll be your pupils’ task to crack the case, using a whole range of mathematical skills (including, at Years 5 and 6 / P6-P7, algebraic thinking) in workshops differentiated from Nursery to Year 6 / P1 - P7.

"CSI is a great activity to get kids deep thinking and totally engaged. I would certainly recommend it!" Thomas Howard School

"The children really enjoyed the creative maths sessions. The sessions were linked to the current Topic themes though it was easy for the children to overlook the topic facts and head straight for the Maths questions" St Mary's Primary, Yorkshire


Exploring (depending on workshop / age group): sorting, sequencing, elimination, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, number patterns, fractions, percentages, 2D and 3D shapes, plans and elevations, measurement and units of measurement, collecting and interpreting data, positional language, time, problem-solving.


"The students thoroughly enjoyed the workshops.  The KS2 children in particular loved the idea of being CSI investigators. We had parents feedback to us that their children had spent a long time explaining every little detail of their investigation and how much they had enjoyed it." Vine Tree Primary School

Excitement filled the air on Monday as we hosted a thrilling CSI workshop with As Creatives. Pupils became detectives, unravelling the mystery of Michaela Maths, a targeted young athleteImmersed in the investigation, they honed problem-solving skills, unmasking the criminal!" Northfield School

EYFS - Y6 / P1-P7/ KS3 - KS4/ S1 - S5
One Day
30 pupils per workshop
Classroom based


What is the format of the day?


These workshops are differentiated per year group. They have been designed to be shortened and extended according to the time available, so there is some flexibility on the timings. We will work with you to plan a timetable to accommodate the number of classes you would like to include, based around the timings of your school day.


CSI:Storyland and CSI:Tunes require between 30 and 50-minutes per session, meaning most schools can have up-to 8 x workshops a day (240 children). A typical timetable might look something like this:

9.00 - 9.40: Session 1

9.40 - 10.00: Session 2

10.00 - 10.40: Session 3

10.40 - 11.20: Session 4

11.20 - 12.00: Session 5


1.00 - 1.40: Session 6

1.40 - 2.20: Session 7

2.20 - 3.00: Session 8


CSI:Michaela Maths requires between 1-hour and 90-minutes per session, meaning most school can have up-to 5 x workshops a day (150 pupils). A typical timetable might look something like this:

9.00 - 10.00: Session 1

10.00 - 11.00: Session 2

11.00 - 12.00: Session 3


1.00 - 2.00: Session 4

2.00 - 3.00: Session 5


All other CSI workshops require between 75 and 90-minutes per workshop meaning most schools can have up-to  4 x workshops per day (120 pupils). A typical timetable might look something like this:

9.00 - 10.15: Session 1

10.15 - 11.30: Session 2

11.30 - 12.00: Session 3


1.00 - 1.45: Session 3 (cont'd)

1.45 - 3.00: Session 4


You can opt to have different workshops, for different classes on the same day. Get in touch to plan the perfect day for your school.

Are there any technical requirements?

Each working space needs to be equipped with laptop/screen/projector, so pupils can view the supporting PowerPoint throughout.


How many pupils can take part?

These workshops accommodate one class (up-to 30 pupils) at a time. The total number of pupils that can accommodated in one visit varies slightly:

CSI:Storyland and CSI:Tunes: Up-to 240 pupils (in 8 x workshops, lasting between 30 and 50-minutes per session)

CSI:Michaela Maths: Up-to 150 pupils (in 5 x workshops, lasting between 1-hour and 90-minutes per session)

All other CSI workshops: Up-to 120 pupils (in 4 x workshop, lasting between 75 and 90-minutes per session)


Where will the workshops take place?

This is a classroom-based workshop.

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