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Predators, Prey and Food Chains

KS 1, 2, First, Second, Stage.

Ages 5 - 11

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW: Food chains are a very delicate balance -  each species is dependent on the others around it. If the balance becomes upset, 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.


Learning Outcomes

  • All children will understand key words, such as ‘predator’, ‘prey’, ‘carnivore’, etc.

  • Most children will be able to explain that energy is passed up a food chain.

  • Some children will understand the interdependence between animals in a food web and how humans can affect it.

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“Lottie was so engaging, and the children really loved meeting the selection of animals she brought. We would love to have her again next year.”

Loughton School


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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