Food chains (junior)

Where can I find information about food chains?

Junior Primary

(Years 1-4)

Colour photo of a panda chewing a bamboo stem.

Image: Panda Zoo Beauval by Kaedesis on Pixabay.

Entry last updated: 25/08/23


A food chain refers to the order in which living things, such as plants and animals, depend on each other for food. For example, an eel eats a small fish, which eats a caddis fly. A food web is a group of food chains, within an ecosystem. In a stream habitat, the small fish is also eaten by a heron. So the fish and the caddis fly are part of two food chains.

General websites

These websites help you learn about food chains

Britannica School Primary

Britannica School is one of the EPIC resources. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It is put together especially for New Zealand school students.

  • Enter the keywords 'food chain' in the search bar.

  • Go to food chain.

  • Look at the image for how food chains work.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

The Kid Should See This

There are lots of great videos on this website about food chains and food webs.

Khan Academy

A free to use site with educational videos on a range of topics. This site provides more detail on food chains.

Tips: To browse, use the search feature or select 'Courses' at the top of the page. Note : Khan Academy does not work in Internet Explorer.


Your school or local library may have books about food chains. Here are some suggestions:

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