Online food chain videos are plentiful; they cover the processes in slightly different ways but many are suitable for use in KS2. It is occasionally good to use a video that displays things very clearly instead of lengthy explanations and many people are now making video clips purely for education.
This first one below is ideal for primary school children, it explains about the need for energy that is produced by food. It asks where does the energy come from and how does it get passed around? It talks about photosynthesis and plants being the basis of all food chains. It also talks about primary consumers, consumers, producers and decomposers, all in an easy to understand way.
“A food chain is a simple version of what actually happens in nature,it shows how each living thing gets their food, and how energy and nutrients are passed from one to another.” (Food Chain Video)
The one below gives a good description of a food web after going through various different food chains – it shows how together they make a web. “Learn how some animals eat other plants and animals to survive, and create a food chain.” (www.turtlediary.com)
It explains clearly about the energy cycle and the different types of animals and how energy is passed from one to the other. It explores simple food chains, bigger food chains and a marine food chain.
For Lower KS2 the following one is easier to watch and has simple explanations: ” Learn everything about a food chain in detail with Dr. Binocs. Hey kids, learn interesting facts and details of food chain with Dr. Binocs. Come what may understanding the chain of food is not an easy task. Dr. Binocs makes this look simple and easy to understand. Do post your comments below about your experience.” (What Is A Food Chain?)
There are many good food chain videos available; however, it is best to watch them before use as, unfortunately, there are also some really poor ones!