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Predators, Prey & Food Chains

KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage.
Ages 5 -14.

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW: Food chains are a very delicate balance -  each species is dependent on the others around it. If something upsets that balance then drastic things can happen!

This workshop looks at feeding connections (what-eats-what) in an ecological community. We examine herbivores, carnivores and omnivores and learn how to classify non-living and living things. Pupils discover where energy comes from and how the consumer resource system can cause the disruption of a food web.

Key Workshop Objectives:

  • Examine how living things depend on each other

  • Explain the difference between living and
    non-living things

  • Establish what living things need to survive

  • Explore photosynthesis

  • Discover food chains

  • Define key terminology

  • Discuss food web disruption

Animals often used in this workshop:

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Animal requests will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee attendance.

What is a food chain?

A food chain shows how a series of living things depend on each other as a food source for energy!

All food chains start with a producer - a producer is an organism that makes its own food, i.e plants (they get their energy from the sun). A living thing that eats a producer or another living thing is called a consumer.

A food chain shows how organisms are related to each other by the food they eat. Predators eat multiple different types of prey - this results in multiple food chains joining together to create a food web.

Changes in an ecosystem can disrupt a food chain; adjustments to one population will have a knock on effect along the entire chain. This can be caused by climate change, natural disasters, human interference and disease.

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