The clip opens with the question, 'why do Christians call such a sad day Good Friday?' Two presenters briefly explain the events of Good Friday and the empty tomb, illustrated by actors depicting the scene. The symbol of the egg at Easter is then explained.

First broadcast:
23 January 2008

Before watching the clip, discuss why the children think that Good Friday is called 'Good'. After watching the clip, reflect on ideas from the beginning of the lesson. Children could make a picture of an open tomb. Make a separate tombstone on another piece of card and attach it to the tomb picture with a split pin. This picture, with a moving tombstone, will remind the children that the tombstone had been moved away and the tomb was found to be empty on Easter Sunday. They could write inside the tomb what happened on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This clip follows on from three other clips explaining the events of Easter week, 'the riddle of Palm Sunday', 'the Last Supper' and 'the Crucifixion and Peter's Denial'. It could be used in isolation to introduce Good Friday, and to look at Easter symbols such as the Easter egg. A more detailed exploration of the visit to the empty tomb might be useful and could be read using a child's Bible. Pupils could produce illustrations or storyboards of the event. They might explore definitions or give their own interpretations of the word 'good' before viewing, then discuss why it is called 'Good Friday'. Artwork using egg symbols to recap the Easter story could be developed - for example, as a class, devise a list of keywords that tell part of the story - palm, supper, wine, Peter, cross etc. Decorate eggs with different words, then ask students to choose an egg to hold while explaining the significance of that word to the class.