VIDEO: Channel 5 films solar eclipse lesson at Louth school

A Channel 5 reporting team visited St Michael’s CE Primary School in Louth this morning (March 20) to mark the solar eclipse - with pupils set to appear on the channel’s evening news bulletins tonight.

Reporter Julian Druker and cameraman Ian Hunter attended the school this morning while pupils were out in the playground, using homemade pinhole projectors and colanders to safely view the remarkable solar eclipse.

St Michael's CE Primary pupils with Channel 5 reporter Julian Druker and cameraman Ian Hunter. EMN-150320-103745001

St Michael's CE Primary pupils with Channel 5 reporter Julian Druker and cameraman Ian Hunter. EMN-150320-103745001

Mr Druker said: “We deliberately chose Louth for the eclipse, as Scotland was expected to be foggy this morning and it became clear that Louth would have one of the best views - and it has delivered.

“We knew that the school was doing special lessons for the solar eclipse this morning, so we contacted them to ask if we could come along and film the activities and speak with some of the kids.”

The video footage from St Michael’s is expected to appear in Channel 5’s news bulletins at 5pm and 6.30pm tonight.

Around ninety per cent of the Sun was obscured by the Moon in the partial solar eclipse this morning, with the next partial solar eclipse visible from the UK due to take place in 2026.

Hannah Leader, 11, uses a colander to project several images of the eclipse onto a white board. EMN-150320-103755001

Hannah Leader, 11, uses a colander to project several images of the eclipse onto a white board. EMN-150320-103755001

St Michael’s head teacher Paul Fox told the pupils that the next total eclipse of the Sun, visible from the UK, will not take place until 2090 by which time most of the school’s pupils will be in their eighties - adding that he will be on “the wrong side of 125” by that point.

• Click on the video above to find out more about the eclipse project and view photographs from this morning.

Year Six pupils Kai Baraham, Thomas Scott and Hannah Shaw work together to project the eclipse onto a white board. EMN-150320-103734001

Year Six pupils Kai Baraham, Thomas Scott and Hannah Shaw work together to project the eclipse onto a white board. EMN-150320-103734001