Frequently Asked Questions
- How does iMaths fit with the Australian Curriculum?
- I have students who are struggling, how can I help them keep up?
- Where do I find the access code for my students?
- Is there someone I can talk to about how to use the program?
- I’m new to teaching the investigation-based approach. What’s it about?
- I’m new to iMaths. Where should I start?
- I am a Queensland teacher, how does iMaths align with the C2C?
- What do I need to teach iMaths in my school?
- What do I need to teach iMaths to my home-schooled student?
- I teach a composite class, how will iMaths work in my class?
- My class hasn’t used iMaths before. Is there anything I can do to help them adjust?
- Do I have to do all the Topics in the Student Book?
- Do I have to do all the Investigations in the Teacher Book?
- How do I plan my yearly program?
- I have students who are fast finishers, how do I keep them engaged and learning?
- I teach Year 7 in Qld, WA or SA, how does iMaths Year 7 work?
- What is included in iMaths Online? Do I need it to use iMaths?
- How do I access iMaths Online?
- How do I save iMaths Kids to my student’s iPad home screen?
- Is the iMaths program supported by Professional Development for teachers?
- Where do I find Differentiation Tasks?
- What are Year 7 Topic Notes?
- Why is my iMaths 7 program different from other years?
- What does iMaths 7 have that the other years don’t?
- Why is the iMaths 7 program linear?
- Why are there only 4 Investigations in iMaths 7?
- Why can’t I find an iPlanner for iMaths 7?
- I need help teaching the Topics in iMaths 7, where can I find it?
- Why are there extended Problem solving tasks in iMaths 7?
- Why can’t I find separate Differentiation Tasks in iMaths 7?
- Where can I find the Problem Solving Strategies in iMaths 7?
- How do I use the Readiness Test in the Tracker Book?
- Where can I find Student Book answers online?
- How do I share my iPlan with my colleagues?
How does iMaths fit with the Australian Curriculum?
The tables on pages 18 and 19 of your Teacher Book list the three content strands of the Australian Curriculum (Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability), the associated sub-strand descriptions, and the topics from the Student Book that match these descriptions. You can also view these documents online:
I have students who are struggling, how can I help them keep up?
Support Differentiation Tasks are structured to help students who struggle to understand Topic concepts. These tasks are often presented in a more visual, easy-to-follow manner. The Support Differentiation Tasks can be downloaded from the relevant Topic at iMaths Online.
Where do I find the access code for my students?
Once you are logged in to your Firefly Online account, you can find the Student Access Code for your class on the program home page of the relevant iMaths Online year level.
Students use the access code to log in to www.imathskids.com.au to access resources such as weblinks, Investigation printables, and interactive games and tools.
Is there someone I can talk to about how to use the program?
Of course! Our team of education consultants have a wealth of teaching experience and are here to answer any questions you have about our programs.
I’m new to teaching the investigation-based approach. What’s it about?
The investigation-based approach is practical and highly motivational for students – it builds and develops a student’s understanding of maths concepts, improves their mathematical fluency and problem solving skills, and provides real-life contexts in which they can develop higher-order reasoning. You can learn more about the investigation-based approach through our Professional Reading articles.
I’m new to iMaths. Where should I start?
You can start by reading the preliminary pages of your Teacher Book (pages 4 to 17). These pages explain what iMaths is all about, and give step-by-step instructions on how to implement the program. At iMaths Online you can get additional help in the Prep & Planning section, where you’ll find a range of documents that will support you and your students throughout the program.
I am a Queensland teacher, how does iMaths align with the C2C?
Because iMaths has been written to cover all the the content and proficiency strands of the Australian Curriculum, it is an excellent alternative to the C2C materials. iMaths covers everything that is included in the C2C, plus much more.
What do I need to teach iMaths in my school?
We recommend a whole school approach. Get started with a Teacher Book and access to iMaths Online. Ensure each student has a Student Book and Tracker Book. We also cater for non-textbook schools with a digital version of Student Books, complete with printable pages. Check out our product range or chat to your education consultant to understand which resources will best suit your class or school. To purchase the iMaths series contact your educational bookseller or visit our online store.
What do I need to teach iMaths to my home-schooled student?
You’ll need to purchase a Teacher Book, a Student Book and a Tracker Book to get started. We also recommend you purchase an Individual Licence to iMaths Online for a range of interactive teaching and learning tools.
I teach a composite class, how will iMaths work in my class?
iMaths is ideal for composite or multi-age classrooms. We’ve created Composite Yearly Programs to help composite class teachers with planning. You can view these by logging into iMaths Online, selecting your year level and downloading the appropriate Composite Yearly Program document in the Prep & Planning section. You can read more about using iMaths in a multi-age classroom in our Case Study.
My class hasn’t used iMaths before. Is there anything I can do to help them adjust?
If your class hasn’t used iMaths before, login to iMaths Online, select your year level and visit the Program tab. We have included downloadable Preparation and Planning Documents that will help support you and your students as they start the program.
Do I have to do all the Topics in the Student Book?
Yes, the Topics are mandatory in order to cover the content of the Australian Curriculum. Depending on how many Investigations you choose to teach, there may be some Topics that are ‘left over’, however these Topics can easily be taught independently.
Do I have to do all the Investigations in the Teacher Book?
No, in iMaths (Foundation to Year 6) you have 12 Investigations to pick and choose from. You can do as many or as few as you wish, depending on your class and school’s program, the needs of your students and the resources you have available.
How do I plan my yearly program?
The iPlanner is an electronic planning tool that allows you to select, drag and drop your chosen Investigations, Topics, Problem Solving Strategies and Assessment into a term planner. This ensures you effectively cover all the Topics needed to meet the Australian Curriculum requirements. You can find iPlanner in iMaths Online.
I have students who are fast finishers, how do I keep them engaged and learning?
Every Topic in iMaths has a set of differentiation BLMs that can be used to support, consolidate or extend student learning. The Extension differentiation tasks are ideal for fast finishers and can be downloaded from the BLMs or Topic tabs on iMaths Online.
I teach Year 7 in Qld, WA or SA, how does iMaths Year 7 work?
To support iMaths schools in Qld, SA and WA the Firefly Education team has created iMaths National Edition Year 7. Building on the investigation-based approach in the Foundation to Year 6 programs, the Year 7 program has been specifically written to help students prepare for their transition to secondary school. Our Year 7 books and materials are available now. Download the iMaths 7 Preview to take a look.
What is included in iMaths Online? Do I need it to use iMaths?
iMaths Online is packed with projectable, printable and interactive resources such as teaching plans, slideshows, interactive games and tools, projectable Student Book pages with answers, Problem Solving Strategy videos, Differentiation Tasks and much more.
The iMaths range offers flexible options to suit your school. You can use iMaths Online along with the Student and Tracker Books to implement a comprehensive maths program in your school. Or you can add iMaths Online as a supplementary resource to your existing maths program. The choice is yours.
Take a look at our Online Virtual Tour which will take you through iMaths Online step-by-step.
How do I access iMaths Online?
There are several ways you can access iMaths Online, including:
iMaths Online School Licence
First, we recommend you check with your HOC to see if they’ve arranged an iMaths Online School Licence. If so, the nominated Class Builder Administrator for your school will be able to grant you access to the programs in your School Licence.
If your school hasn’t arranged their School Licence yet, download the School Licence Order Form and pass it on to your HOC.
iMaths Online Individual Licence
If you want to use iMaths Online just in your classroom, you can sign up or log in to your account and purchase instant access to an Individual Licence.
Compare your iMaths Online options or chat to your education consultant.
How do I save iMaths Kids to my student’s iPad home screen?
You can save any website to the home screen of an iPad to give students the same one-click convenience of an app.
To do this for the student login page of iMaths Kids:
- Open www.imathskids.com.au in the Safari browser on a student’s iPad.
- Tap the ‘Share’ option and select ‘Add to Home Screen’.
- Assign a name for the saved web page, e.g. iMaths.
- Select ‘Add’ in the top-right corner.
Don’t forget to also give your students their access code. Log in to your own account and find the Student Access Code on the home page of the selected iMaths Online year level.
Is the iMaths program supported by Professional Development for teachers?
We offer a comprehensive range of professional development and support options for iMaths. To see if there there is a workshop near you, or to request a PD session in your school please visit our Professional Development and Support page where you’ll also be able to peruse professional articles.
Where do I find Differentiation Tasks?
In iMaths Online you can access three levels of differentiation for every single iMaths Topic for Years 1 to 6, plus two levels for Foundation. This ensures you have suitable worksheet activities for all your students, including strugglers and fast finishers.
Simply log in to iMaths Online, go to the Topic you are teaching and select the ‘Download all’ prompt to download and print all three tasks and answers in one bundle. Alternatively, you can view a projectable version of each task and its answers.
What are Year 7 Topic Notes?
Topic Notes are unique to Year 7 and have been created to assist with the teaching and learning of the advanced maths concepts covered in this transitional year.
Each of the 52 Topics in iMaths 7 has an associated Topic Note page that provides in-depth explanations of maths concepts and step-by-step examples of working.
Why is my iMaths 7 program different from other years?
The iMaths Year 7 program has been developed specifically to suit Year 7 students. While it still covers the Australian Curriculum and is an investigation-based approach, there are some differences in comparison to year levels 1 to 6. Read on for more information on these differences, and how they support Year 7 students in this important transitional year.
What does iMaths 7 have that the other years don’t?
The iMaths 7 program includes two new additions which are available at iMaths Online: Topic Notes and Term Reviews.
Each of the 52 Topics in iMaths 7 has an associated Topic Note page that provides in-depth explanations of the associated maths concepts and step-by-step examples of working. These pages can be projected in class or printed and handed out to students.
Term Reviews are 45 minute tests that assess all the maths concepts taught in a Term. Term Reviews have only been possible with the introduction of the linear program, which ensures Topics and Investigation are taught in a specific order. This summative form of assessment works well with the existing Tracker Book and introduces students to national testing scenarios.
Why is the iMaths 7 program linear?
The iMaths 7 linear program is structured to help students transition into secondary school. The order and complexity of Topics, extended Investigations and Problem Solving Tasks have been specifically designed to progressively develop student understanding of maths concepts, similar to a secondary school environment.
Why are there only 4 Investigations in iMaths 7?
Year 7 Investigations are much larger than those in preceding years and have been created to ensure students get the real-life context for as many of the complex Year 7 maths concepts as possible. Each Investigation contains:
- 2–4 additional pages in the Student Book
- An extended Inquiry task to challenge fast finishers and encourage higher-order thinking
- An Investigation checklist
- Investigation overview
- Cover page
Why can’t I find an iPlanner for iMaths 7?
The iMaths Year 7 program has been carefully designed to cover all of the content and proficiency strands of the Australian Curriculum in a structured, linear fashion. The iMaths Year 7 program doesn’t require the flexibility to plan and edit your yearly program using the iPlanner.
I need help teaching the Topics in iMaths 7, where can I find it?
Topic Notes are included in the iMaths Year 7 online program. Teachers now have an additional 52 pages of notes which can be projected or printed. They have been created for each Topic to assist with the teaching and learning of the advanced maths concepts covered in this transitional year.
Why are there extended Problem solving tasks in iMaths 7?
Developing the problem solving performance of students is a major objective of the Australian Curriculum. The iMaths Year 7 program contains 10 extended Problem solving tasks, each one covering two pages in the Student Book (compared to one paragraph in previous years with working space in the Tracker Book). The Problem solving tasks work as a ‘mini-Investigation’ by creating real-life contexts for the maths concepts taught in the preceding Topics. The new Extension task included in each spread will also challenge students who require differentiation.
Why can’t I find separate Differentiation Tasks in iMaths 7?
Differentiation BLMs have not been included in Year 7 as the extended Investigations and Problem solving tasks (complete with Inquiries and Extension tasks) have been created to cater for different levels of understanding.
Where can I find the Problem Solving Strategies in iMaths 7?
The 10 Problem Solving Strategies are available on iMaths 7 Online.
How do I use the Readiness Test in the Tracker Book?
The Readiness Test uses the content of all three strands from the previous year. Students should do the test at the beginning of the year as it is designed to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their prior knowledge. There is no marking scheme for the questions, so rather than totalling marks on the test, you should use the student’s responses to target remediation to the specific content areas.
Where can I find Student Book answers online?
Projectable Student Book answers are available at iMaths Online. Log in to iMaths Online, navigate to the relevant Topic and select Student Pages. At the projectable Student Book Page, select the Answers button to toggle the answers on and off.
How do I share my iPlan with my colleagues?
To share your plan, follow these steps:
- Log in to iMaths Online and create your plan with the iPlanner.
- Under the Plan Sharing header, check the box for Allow my colleagues to use a copy of this plan as a template.
- Once your plan is finished, select Save Changes, then Close Editor.
The next time your colleagues log in to iMaths Online and use the iPlanner, they will be able to select your plan as a template to work from.
Note: To be able to see shared plans, all colleagues must have their Firefly Online account assigned to the same school. You can check or change schools details from your account page.