Science KS2 / KS3: The connections within ecosystems

An ecosystem is like a community and shows how all the living and non-living components are connected.

These connections can be seen in a forest ecosystem where salmon is vital for the stability of life within it.

The secret behind this is the bears, and how they hunt for the fish and then discard some of the carcasses which are rich in nitrogen.

The nitrogen in turn helps the trees to grow.

This is then linked to the food chains and webs within the ecosystem.

Ecosystems can come in all shapes and sizes, as small as a termite mound or as large as a tree.

This clip is from the series Life Lessons.

Teacher Notes

The size of an ecosystem depends on the area being examined.

Pupils could be asked what other ecosystems they can think of.

They could be asked to describe the links between the living and non-living components within the ecosystem.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching science at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or Second/Third Level in Scotland.

More from Life Lessons:

How animals have adapted
Classification of organisms
The life cycles of different organisms
How plants and animals reproduce
Food chains and food webs in animals
Human impact on the environment