My DD is in Grade 2 and her homework is one reader that they have to read somewhere over the course of the week. there is no, for want of a better word, punishment if it doesn't get done. The teachers expect that the kids will write in their diary when they have completed the reader, parents dont even have to sign it.
I must admit, I love the no homework thing. DD has speech therapy and I try and find 10 mins a night to practice her sounds and honestly, its like pulling teeth, she hates it and she is so tired. I would hate to have to add homework in.