Feeding and Food Chains (KS2)

Feeding and Food Chain outreach session‘Feeding and Food Chains’ is designed to support classroom learning on animal diets and how living things are connected through food chains. By using objects such as teeth and skulls, and animals at the Zoo, we will discuss different animal diets, the teeth mammals have to eat different foods and the interdependence of living things through food chains. We will also look at what happens when humans disrupt a food chain.

This session involves interactive challenges and lots of open-ended questions to help your students develop and demonstrate their understanding of these topics. Pupils are encouraged to work scientifically throughout by using their observations to answer questions.  It ends with a Q&A where your students can pose their questions to us!


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Age Group: KS2 (7-11 years old)

Duration: 45 minutes

Capacity: 35 students

 

Where possible we aim to deliver this session from out in the Zoo with one of our flagship species in the background, but this is not guaranteed and is weather dependent.

PLEASE NOTE: We use Skype as the platform for delivering the Digital Outreach sessions. If you do not use this in your classroom already, please check with your IT support that it is possible to use Skype at your school (it can sometimes be blocked as it is classed as social media).

Upon booking you will be sent a set up guide including support for setting up the session, a full session outline and key words glossary.

Visiting the Zoo too?

This session can be offered as a standalone session, or can be delivered as a follow up after a Zoo visit. If you are also visiting ZSL London Zoo, we recommend booking the ‘Discover Teeth & Feeding’ education. If you are visiting ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, we recommend booking the ‘Teeth & Diets’ education session.

National Curriculum links:

KS2 Science

Year 4 Programme of Study

Animals including humans

Upper KS2 Programme of Study

Working Scientifically

Identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions

 

Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them

 

Reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions

 

Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes

 

Using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.

 

Intended learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • Give an example of a producer, predator and prey
  • Explain why those examples are classed as producers/predators/prey
  • Construct a food chain focused around penguins
  • Explain how this food chain is affected by people overfishing

Digital Outreach Technology

We use Skype as the platform for delivering the Digital Outreach sessions. If you do not use this in your classroom already, please check with your IT support that it is possible to use Skype at your school (it can sometimes be blocked as it is classed as social media).

An essential, free Test Call is also booked at the time of booking the Digital Outreach session. This enables us to ensure the connection works before the actual session takes place. This TEST CALL must happen at least one week before the date of the booked session.

Please have the following information to hand before booking a Digital Outreach session:

  • Your Skype name (from the account you will use for the session)
  • Contact email for teacher
  • Direct phone contact for the day in case of  connection problems
  • A suitable date for your test call to take place (between 15:30 and 16:30 Mon-Fri)