Broadcast live on:

Monday 7 Jun 2021
  • free
  • 45 mins
  • 7-11
This live broadcast has ended and is available to watch on catch up.

Free - Arctic food chains | KS2 / ages 7-11

This food chains activity introduces young people to a range of living things that they may come across during an Arctic expedition. Students will be asked to identify, classify, and group organisms to build an Arctic food chain.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AXA Arctic Live 2021 live lessons will be delivered as a virtual event, with speakers joining from where they are, rather than from the UK's Arctic Research Station.


If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the guidance hub, where you will find technical and educational support.

Live lessons work best when students have some prior knowledge and have prepared questions. You can select from any of the STEAM activities in the Frozen Oceans collection or teach a one-off Arctic Live Prep Lesson.

Questions generated by your class can be submitted via the Encounter Live tab in your Encounter Edu profile.

This lesson is based around the Arctic food chain activity and if your students are following live, you will need to gather these activity resources in advance.

Session Outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

Jamie will open the session with a welcome and brief introduction to the expedition and any shout-outs to registered classes.

In this activity, students will create a series of food chains connecting different creatures that live in the Arctic. This will show how life in the frozen north is connected.

2. Subject knowledge (10 mins)

Jamie will then introduce some of the types of life that can be found in the Arctic and discuss how they are related through predator-prey relationships. During this time, you can distribute the resources to students.

3. Activity time (15 mins)

Jamie will begin assembling the different food chains found in the Arctic and subsequently the food web mobile, students follow along in real-time. At this point, you can submit your students’ questions via the live chat.

4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)

After completing the activity Jamie will be able to answer pre-submitted questions and take part in the live chat. At the end of the broadcast, Jamie will suggest some other activities you might like to try and what's coming up in the rest of Arctic Live 2021.


AL2020 Speaker Jamie

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

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