Geography KS3 / GCSE: Investigating the coniferous forest biome

Wildlife presenter Ferne Corrigan visits Finland to learn how plants and animals adapt to living in coniferous forests.

Ferne is in the Nuuksio National Park in Finland, where she describes the location of coniferous or taiga forests around the world and what the climate is like.

Ferne focuses on the adaptations of Scot’s Pine and Spruce trees, and the effect pine needles have had on both plant life and the soil fertility.

Ferne also looks at the adaptations that the Siberian flying squirrel, reindeer and wood lemming have made to survive in this biome.

This clip is from the series Ecosystems and Biomes.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

This could be used to introduce students to the coniferous forest biome, and how plants and animals have adapted to the conditions.

Students could create fact-files on how plants, animals and people have adapted to thrive in this biome.

Students could take a more in-depth look at the specific adaptations and behavior of the Siberian flying squirrel.

Key Stage 4

This could be used to refresh students knowledge of the coniferous forest biome, and how plants and animals have adapted to the conditions.

Students could create fact-files on how plants, animals and people have adapted to thrive in this biome.

Students could take a more in-depth look at the specific adaptations and behavior of the Siberian flying squirrel.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at KS3 and GCSE.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.