Here are some pictures of sentences written by children from Year 1 and 2 who have been learning to use a German dictionary this term.
It’s really important that pupils are able to find ways to say and write their own words and not just words that I choose to teach them. We have been using our beginners’ school dictionaries. They are great because they are colour coded and quite easy to use. However, not all the words they children want to say are in these small dictionaries and it can be a bit frustrating. So we have also looked at some online dictionaries, such as the Collins German Dictionary https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-german, and found that these can be helpful when we are looking up single words.