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The Arts at Finchale 2018 - 2019


Hello and welcome to our Arts page. I am Mrs McGuire and I am delighted to be the Arts Co-ordinator at Finchale. I have a background in dance and welcome the opportunity to look after The Arts at Finchale which is a thriving area for our school.

The Arts

Music, Singing, Dance, Movement, Visual Art, Drama, Poetry.


There are other areas of our website that also contain information about The Arts.

Class Pages - Class assemblies and activities in class show how learning about The Arts is embedded in many of our lessons.

Sports Page - this shows lots of dance and movement.

Celebrating Achievement - this shows many individual and group achievements with music, drama, dance and visual art all represented.

Seasonal Events - this shows many individual and group activities like music, singing, creative art, drama and performance.

Click the links below to see more information.


18/07/19 - Back Chat Brass came back to Finchale! The whole school had a great time listening and dancing to the brass music while learning about the instruments and playing the magic glasses game. Year four then took part in a brass workshop were they learned how to play 'Shotgun' on mini brass instruments.

5th July - Finchale's Got Talent

Our KS1 overall winner was Leo and our joint KS2 winners were Jack and Lily.

Reception performed a wonderful dance to 'Shotgun'.

Year one performers and their winner Adam.

Year two performers and their winner Myles.

Year 3 performers and their winners, 'The Pom-Pom Girls'.

Year 4 performers and their winner Jenna.

Year 5 performers and their winners Eve and Megan.

Year 6 performers and their winners Thomas, Evie and Caitlin.

Well done to everyone who took part in today's show and the auditions, you were all fantastic! Thank you also to the SWAG team for organising this event and ensuring it ran smoothly.

22nd June & 24th June

Performance of Joseph with Durham High School for Girls.


Seven of our Year 5 girls had the opportunity to perform at the Gala in the musical of Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat. The girls spent a full day on Saturday at the High School rehearsing and learning the placements on stage. The girls had a brilliant time and enjoyed, singing, dancing and performing. Their favourite song was by the Pharaoh who sang like Elvis. Well done to all the girls for taking part, the show was brilliant!

21st June - Big Play Day


We celebrated Big Play Day at Finchale in line with Make Music Day which was celebrated around the world in 120 countries. Each year group prepared and performed a song that they sang in front of the school with added instruments which included; body percussion, tambourines, ukuleles, brass instruments and a guitar. We also had 10 brave soloists perform for us from Year 2 to Year 6 and even Mrs Whitton's son. Thank you for everyone who helped and took part. A fantastic event celebrating Music at Finchale.



Year 1 Performance - Happy Easter 5/4/19

The Vikings - Year 5 Class Assembly, 15/3/19

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe Performance, 12/3/19

Chorister Day, 2/3/19

Jack and Harriet from Year 3 attended the Chorister Experience at Durham Cathedral. They had a great time singing with the Cathedral Choir at Evensong, touring the Chorister School and playing the organ. The pictures show them with the choir in rehearsal and with their certificates at the end. Well done Jack and Harriet!

The Drama of Book Club.... February 2019

Y4 Class Assembly, THE ROMANS, 8/2/19

Y4 hope you enjoy their performance...

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Y2 Perform Songs about The Tudors & Play the Ukulele, 6/2/19

Listen to our singing...

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Watch us play the ukulele...

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Finchale Choir Perform as part of the Durham Vocal Festival

Public Performance 7/2/18 in Durham Cathedral 

All the children involved were fantastic at the Cathedral. A lot of adults told us how impressed they were with our behavior and singing. We have all been awarded a head teacher's sticker for a fantastic job well done!

Practising in school for the public performance, January 2019

Dunelm Lux Aeterna is a new commission written by Paul Smith for VOCES8 and the combined voices of hundreds of singers in Durham Cathedral in 2019, commissioned by Durham Music Service. 5 movements have been written with 5 schools, Framwellgate School, Finchale Primary, St. Bede's Catholic School and Sixth form (Lanchester), St. Bede's RC Comprehensive and Byron Sixth Form, Teesdale School and Sixth Form.

The work, spanning seven movements, is created for the professional vocal ensemble VOCES8., to perform alongside a massed choir with organ, piano, tubular bells, timpani, guitar and electric bass. The seven movements chart a journey from darkness to light, telling stories which echo across all humanity, exploring the universe we inhabit, whilst maintaining moments of intimacy and introspection.

Dunelm Lux Aetera by Paul Smith
‘Lux Aeterna Lucest Eis’
Light Eternal Shine on Them
1. Lux Aeterna
2. Ressuscité dans l’obscurité
3. The Golden Sun
4. New Day Dawns
5. Trapped in Time
6. O Nata Lux
7. Lux Perpetua

Year 6 WWII Inspired Art, January 2019

Year 5 Ukiyo-e, Manga and Extreme Weather Inspired Art, January 2019

Year 4 Remembrance Day Inspired Art, January 2019

Year 3 Rangoli Inspired Art, January 2019

January 2019 - Year 3 have learned about crochets, quavers, minims and semibreves and composed their own percussion music with them.

Christmas Sing-a-long, 21/12/19

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Choir at Christmas, December 2018


KS2 Christmas Performance


Aladdin Refrain...

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In The Market Place...

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Some Things Go Together Perfectly...

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Just Three Wishes...

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New Lamps For Old...

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Wedding Procession...

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A Panto Like No Other

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KS1 Christmas Performance


Come And Join The Celebration...

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Can This Be True...

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Aha, Oh Yeh!

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When You're A Star...

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Singing The Blues...

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Choir performance, 1st December 2018

On Saturday 1st December our School Choir were asked to perform with Durham Young Musicians at a Christmas Concert. The Choir really enjoyed themselves and performed six songs including 'Walking in the air' from The Snowman. Thanks to Mrs Bartley for playing the piano and helping us prepare for this performance.

Exploring Pitch with Water, 26th November 2018

In Year 3 we explored how to make a high pitch and a low pitch sound using just water in a bottle. From this we created a scale using five bottles and discussed how the vibrations in the air corresponds to the pitch.

Y3 Perform their Class Assembly about Mary Anning a famous paleontologist, 23/11/18

Rangoli Art for Diwali, 15th November 2018

Jayamini de Silva came in to visit Year 3 to tell us all about Diwali and to create Rangoli patterns with coloured powered rice.

Open the Book Assembly, 13/11/18

Rev. Caroline came in again today to lead us in another Open the Book Assembly. Today we learned about David and Goliath and acted out the story as a school.

Little Fingers Music in Year 1, 31/10/18

Reception Class Pirate Artwork, October 2018

Ukulele in Y2, 17/10/18

Open the Book Assembly, 16/10/18

Rev. Caroline and Maud came to visit and during our assembly they told us the story of Samuel and Eli. We enjoyed joining in and acting out parts of the story. 

Art Professional Development 24/9/18 Led by Susan from Inspire, Explore, Create