Geography KS3 / GCSE: The different layers of a deciduous forest

Wildlife presenter Ferne Corrigan looks at the layers of the deciduous forest along with the plants and animals.

She first locates the deciduous forest around the world before explaining the different layers of this biome.

She explains how birds such as the finch and buzzard have evolved to survive before turning the focus to the red fox and how it has adapted to survive predators as well as how they have adapted to stalk prey in the forest.

Ferne also highlights a number of other animals living in the deciduous forest.

This clip is from the series Ecosystems and Biomes.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

This could be used to introduce students to the different layers of a deciduous forest, and how plants and animals have adapted to the conditions.

Students could create a fact-file of the different layers of the forest, looking at the specific plants, insects and animals that can be found in each layer.

Students could take a more in-depth look at how buzzards and foxes have adapted to live in this biome.

Key Stage 4

This could be used to refresh students knowledge of the different layers of a deciduous forest, and how plants and animals have adapted to the conditions.

Students could create a fact-file of the different layers of the forest, looking at the specific plants, insects and animals that can be found in each layer.

Students could take a more in-depth look at how buzzards and foxes have adapted to live in this biome.

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.