Rachel Linfield, Senior Lecturer

Rachel Linfield

Senior Lecturer

Rachel Linfield has worked in education for over thirty years, teaching throughout the 3 - 11 age range and in higher education at both the University of Cambridge and Leeds Beckett University.

As a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, Rachel teaches science, design and technology, and knowledge and understanding of the EYFS curriculum and pedagogy for undergraduate and postgraduate early years and primary courses. She supports students on school placements and supervises students for final year dissertations.

In 1994 Rachel gained an MA in Applied Research in Education from the University of East Anglia and she continues to enjoy carrying out educational research. She has over 100 publications including: professional materials for early years and primary teachers; chapters in academic books; and, articles within peer reviewed journals. She was a member of the editorial board for ‘Primary Science Review’ (Association for Science Education) for six years, four as the assistant editor.

Current Teaching

  • Knowledge building in Science and PE
  • Understanding the EYFS: Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Core Subjects at KS1
  • Foundation Subjects at KS1: DT
  • Applied Pedagogy 1: Understanding the World

Research Interests

Recent research has included collaborative projects investigating the way final year students respond to NSS statements and an investigation of students’ desires for ‘useful feedback’.

Rachel Linfield, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Archer J; Linfield R (2021) How ‘messiness’ in Design and Technology can inspire creative teaching and learning. In: Inspiring Primary Learners Insights and Inspiration Across the Curriculum. Oxon: Routledge,

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  • Linfield RS (2015) How can I cater for children's indiduality?. In: Brock A ed. The Early Years Reflective Practice Handbook. David Fulton,

  • Linfield RS (2013) Understanding the World: When did they paint the trees green?. In: Beckley P ed. The New Early Years Foundation Stage: Changes, Challenges and Reflections. Open University Press,

  • Linfield RS; Warwick P (2003) ‘Is it like the school bus?’ ASSESSMENT IN THE EARLY YEARS. In: Whitebread D ed. Teaching and Learning in the Early Years.

  • Linfield RS; Warwick P (2000) Assessing Learning in Science. In: Warwick P; Linfield RS ed. Science 3-13 the Past, the Present and Possible Futures.

  • Linfield RS; Warwick P (1998) Language for Science. In: Use of Language across the Primary Curriculum. London: Routledge,

  • Linfield RS; Warwick P (1996) Assessment in the Early Years: Some examples from Science. In: Teaching and Learning in the Early Years. Routledge,

  • Linfield RS (1995) Children as Editors. In: Bearne E ed. Greater Expectations: Children Reading Writing. Cassell,

  • Linfield R; Riley G; Nabb D (2021) Camouflaged Creatures.

  • Linfield R; Riley G; Nabb D (2021) Design a Plant.

  • Linfield R; Riley G; Nabb D (2021) Flower Painting on Silk.

  • Linfield R; Riley G; Nabb D (2021) Science from Art.

  • Linfield RS (2013) Brompton Resources: Key stage 2 lesson plans.

  • Linfield RS (2012) Saving Steps.

  • Linfield RS (2011) Choose Cheese Design and Technology pack.

  • Linfield RS (2011) Choose Cheese Science pack.

  • Sutcliffe R; Linfield R; Riley G (2020) Re-valuing the role of the Personal Tutor : Face to face meetings to engage student teachers in professional conversations. A research summary working paper by Ruth Sutcliffe, Rachel Linfield and Gaynor Riley.

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  • Sparks Linfield R (2020) Planning for Learning through Celebrations and Festivals.

  • Linfield R (2014) Learning opportunities in the Early Years: Ourselves and Our Bodies. Teaching Solutions.

  • Linfield RS; Raban B; Margetts K (2013) Planning for Learning in the EYLF Space. Teaching Solutions.

  • Linfield RS; Raban B; Margetts K; Coltman P (2013) Planning for Learning in the EYLF Shapes. Teaching Solutions.

  • Linfield RS; Sutcliffe R (2013) Planning for Learning to Use Phonics. Practical Pre-School.

  • Linfield RS (2012) Planning for the Early Years Ourselves and our Bodies. Practical Pre-School.

  • Linfield RS (2009) Planning for Learning Through the Environment. Step Forward Publishing.

  • Linfield RS (2008) Planning for Learning Through Shopping. Step Forward Publishing.

  • Linfield RS (2008) Planning for Learning Through Space. Step Forward Publishing.

  • Linfield RS (2007) Planning for Learning Through Recycling. Step Forward Publishing.

  • Linfield RS (2007) All about Cheese. Magenta Project Management Ltd.

  • Linfield RS (2004) Foundations: Growing and Changing. A&C Black.

  • Linfield RS (2003) Foundations: Opposites. A&C Black.

  • Linfield RS (2003) Foundations: Colour. A&C Black.

  • Linfield RS; Warwick P (2002) Science 3-13 The Past, The Present and Possible Futures. Routledge.

  • Powell J; Hall C; Coles M; Linfield RS (2002) Splitting the Atom.

  • Linfield RS (2002) Mountains. Pearson Education.

  • Linfield RS (2001) Come on a Desert Safari. Pearson Education.

  • Linfield RS (2000) How Things Happen in the Natural World. Pearson Education.

  • Linfield RS; Coltman P (1999) Planning for Learning through Minibeasts. Step Forward Publishing Ltd.

  • Linfield RS eds. Coltman P (1998) The Human Body. Addison Wesley Longman Ltd.

  • Sutcliffe R; Linfield R; Riley G (2019) Inspiring trainee teachers to engage with and use feedback. In: 10th TEAN Annual Conference, 9 May 2019 - 10 May 2019, Aston Conference Centre.

  • Sutcliffe R; Linfield R; Geldart RA (2015) Overcoming Assessment Challenges - Tipping the Balance. In: 5th International Assessment in Higher Education Conference, 24 June 2015 - 25 June 2015, Birmingham.

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  • Sutcliffe R; Linfield RS; Geldart R (2014) The National Student Survey - thinking about the 'good things'?. In: 8th Excellence in Teaching Conference, King's College London.

  • Chaplain R; Linfield RS; Williams J (1997) Work Experience in the Climate and Conditions of the Late 1990s, Report to BP/OFSTED, Homerton College.

  • Linfield RS (2009) Junior Climate Challenge.

  • Linfield RS (2009) Neighbourhood Noise and Me.

  • Linfield RS (2007) Seeds of Care.

  • Linfield RS (2004) Biodiversity:c/o British Farming Pack.

  • Linfield RS (2002) Hear This! Teaching pack for Primary Key Stage 1 and 2.