What is an ecosystem?

This explores different ecosystems and explores the connections between the living and non-living components of an ecosystem,

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, and 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.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage two: 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 Key Stage 2 or Second Level (Scotland) primary science, living things.