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Firefly announce new mental maths series…


A brand new series will soon join the growing stable of Firefly products. Our latest project, Think Mentals, is all about making maths ‘friendly’ for students in Years 1–6.

Think Mentals has been designed as a structured, whole school approach to mental maths that is both effective and fun. Firefly Creative Director Brad Gaylard collaborated with the team of authors to develop a unique approach to mental computation that makes maths friendly. Brad explains;

“The key to mental maths is breaking problems down into friendly, manageable chunks. We wanted to do the same thing with the actual computation strategies – breaking them down into friendly steps that students will find easy to understand and apply in real life.”

This series uses the same key language and layout for Years 1–6, so students will learn new skills every year in a familiar context. This consistency makes life easier for students and teachers alike.

Each year level comprises over 30 weeks of strategies, practice activities and carefully differentiated questions that have been written for the Australian Curriculum.

Think Mentals Student Books for Years 2–6 have all been sent off to the printers and will be ready to hit classrooms by the end of Term 2, 2015, with Year 1 Student Books to follow shortly after.

Visit to see sample pages and find out more about this exciting new series.