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The story of a town… Llanelli

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By Myrddin Morgan —Regional Library Manager, Carmarthenshire County Council

This poster provides information about the Welsh town of Llanelli including its history, key events and recent redevelopment. For additional information, download the online PDF and click on the highlighted words.

Llanelli image

Shared learning and teaching

Shared reading

  • Read the text then discuss the type of town Llanelli is. How is it different to the place they live? Are any areas similar?
  • Discuss the text features. What type of text is it? How does it compare to other texts they have read?
  • Talk about the quotations from visitors to the area. Why did they describe Llanelli in this way?

Previous learning

Children should have: read a range of non-fiction information texts; experience of adopting different roles in debates; used drama strategies in extension work.

Key learning outcomes:

  • To improvise and work in role to explore complex issues (Y5/6);
  • To use evidence to explain ideas/events (Y5/6);
  • To compare different types of narrative/information texts (Y5);
  • To write factual texts (Y5);
  • To establish, balance and maintain viewpoints in non-narrative (Y6).


  • Reflect on the poster text. Give the children time to talk about the text.
  • Talk with the children about folk songs. What might Sosban Fach mean? Investigate the text further using the extended information on the online poster.
  • Hold a debate about the closure of local industries. How has this changed the local area? Are there positive effects as well as negative?

Group and guided activities

  • Invite the children to write newspaper reports about developments in Llanelli.
  • Ask the children to write reports about their local areas using some of the features of the poster – eg, interesting facts, quotations.
  • Use the activity sheet activity sheet to write newspaper articles on your area.
  • What unusual features does the children’s local area have? Perhaps a monument or statue that means something to the town or city? If the children wanted to create a statue to represent what their town or city means to them, what would it be? Create a freeze-frame within small groups using the children’s ideas.
  • Give each child a role and invite them to write eyewitness accounts of the fire at the Great Western Railway Company and report these within the group. How are the accounts different? What would different people witnessing the event see/hear etc? Would they have the same story or viewpoint?

National Year of Reading link

You Are What You Read monthly theme – city-wide reads, great stories that make up the identity of a town.

Llanelli has been chosen as one ot two communities in Wales (Barry is the other) to be designated as a ‘Reading Community’. The scheme is part of the National Year of Reading, coordinated in Wales by the Welsh Books Council. The aim of the scheme is to encourage the whole community to read one book in English and one book in Welsh at the same time – the book to be chosen by the community from a shortlist. A programme of reading events will also be taking place in the area in the autumn.

Links with ICT

  • Research the country of Wales using internet sites.
  • Investigate redevelopment in the local area using the internet and use Google Earth to compare these with the developments in Llanelli. Write reports using this information.

Speaking and listening

  • Using freeze-frames and forum theatre, act out scenes of the railway strike. How did this affect the local area? Did the strike have an affect on the visitors that came to Llanelli?
  • Hotseat the railway workers. How did the strike affect them? How did the closure of the local industries change the area of Llanelli? Have an open discussion with the children.
  • Use a digital camera to record the children’s drama and play it back to act as a forum for discussion about the text.


  • Consider the children’s performance within the hotseating activity.
  • Ask the children to bring in items that they could put into a time capsule to help children of the future to learn about the local area and its past. This could be used in future literacy and history lessons as a starting point for drama and discussion.