Chain Reaction

Investigate urban food chains...

Years: 3, 4

Duration: 5mins

Curriculum Objectives: 7

Subjects: Computing, English, Science

Resource Overview

With this video, your class can join poet Martin Kiszko as he investigates urban food chains. Looking up to the sky and down underground, Martin's poem focuses on wildlife commonly found in most British cities. Short and  snappy, it's a great accompaniment to any science lesson about living things and their habitats, as well as predator-prey relationships. Use our lesson plan for inspiration, and why not challenge your class to compose their own food chain poems too?

(Click the zip file to download this film in hi-definition)

Resource Assets


Lesson Plan


Food Chain Presentation

A PowerPoint presentation to support teaching about urban food chains.


Green Screen Instructions


Chain Reaction (hi-definition)


Curriculum Objectives

  • Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting information.
  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and peers
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.
  • Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9)
    • Compose and rehearse sentences orally, progressively building a rich vocabulary and a range of sentence structures.
    • Recognise some different forms of poetry [e.g. free verse, narrative poetry].
  • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
    • Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.